The Electric Hotel

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Sarah Crichton Books
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6.3 X 1.5 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in Seattle, Washington. He's the author of the novels The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Bright and Distant Shores, The Beautiful Miscellaneous, and The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, and The Australian. He has been a recipient of literature grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts. He teaches writing in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.


Praise for The Electric Hotel

"An irresistible and dizzying international tale of early cinema. [Smith] is a writer of elegance, rich imagination and propulsive plotting."
--The Washington Post

"Radiant . . . a vital and highly entertaining work about the act of creation, and about what it means to pick up and move on after you've lost everything."
--The New York Times

"The Electric Hotel enchants with a compelling plot but satisfies with the fully felt pathos of its characters."

"A long-retired moviemaker recalls the early days of silent films in Smith's atmospheric follow-up to The Last Painting of Sara De Vos . . . Smith skillfully blends film history with the adventures of his cast . . . Martin's screening of the restored Electric Hotel provides a moving finale. A compelling plot, robust characters, and finely crafted prose richly evoke a bygone age and art." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Fascinating information about the making of silent films is balanced by poignant, emotional portrayals of individuals attempting to define their lives offscreen even as they made history on it. Smith winningly delves into Hollywood's past."
--Publishers Weekly

"Smith's tale is luminous . . . Highly recommended for historical fiction fans and readers who love old Hollywood novels."
--Booklist (starred)

"Wondrous . . . [Smith] writes with an old-world elegance; you get lost in these pages like you do in a great movie, not wanting the lights to come up."
--The Seattle Times

"A glorious ode to the luminous art that ushered in Hollywood's film era."

"As fresh and deliciously strange as the first days of film-making it so dazzlingly brings to life, The Electric Hotel is utterly absorbing, astonishingly inventive, and richly imagined. Dominic Smith is a wizard."
--Andrea Barrett, National Book Award winner and author of Archangel

Praise for The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

"Audacious . . . Absolutely transporting."
--Maureen Corrigan, NPR

"Gorgeous storytelling: wry, playful, and utterly alive, with an almost tactile awareness of the emotional contours of the human heart."
--Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe

"Rapturous . . . Smith's writing is incandescent from the first sentence."
--Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle