Sunday, September 18, 2011
A Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler
As the night progresses, the couple's marriage and where it has strained and fallen apart is explored. The words that might have been said but were left unspoken, the assumptions that were made in error, all the small items that lead to separation and disillusionment. The novel moves back and forth between Kelly and Michael, often showing an event from each one's viewpoint, and the reader can see the miles of space between their interpretation of what occurred.
Readers will be touched by the careful exploration Butler performs as well as his lyrical, haunting writing. His insight into what women want from men, what men want from women and how each is shaped by their past familial relationships will make the reader reevaluate their own relationships. This book is recommended for all readers interested in understanding the human condition and how we relate to each other.