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Hotel 21

By Senta Rich (Author)


Pub Date 5/16/2023

ISBN 9781454951018

Format Paperback


A sharp andwarm-hearted debut novel with an unforgettable protagonist you can’t help but root for.
Noelle is an efficient, friendly hotel cleaner—a model employee. Or so she’d have you think . . . trouble is, she can’t help but take little “souvenirs” from the rooms she cleans. Nothing of value—a lipstick, a hair clip, some tweezers. By the time the guest has noticed, she’s long gone. As Noelle begins work at her twenty-first hotel, she’s determined to last longer than her record of one month in the job. But then she meets her new colleagues. These women are real: they live lives full of happiness and worry, pain and joy. They make her wonder what it might be like to have true friends, people to stick round for—and someone to love. . . . Will they give her the courage to claim the life she deserves, or will her old habits come back to haunt her?
Whether you’re looking for your next beach read or need to pick the next title for your local book club, this quirky and endearing tale of love and friendship is perfect for anyone who enjoyed the setting of The Maid by Nita Prose or who appreciates the relatable female characters in books by Beth Harbison or Sophie Kinsella.

“Those who enjoyed Nita Prose’s The Maid will enjoy the setting and draw comparisons between Noelle and that novel’s protagonist.” —Booklist, starred review

“Senta Rich’s debut novel Hotel 21 tackles some big themes, from self-discovery, sexuality, and mental health to the complex bonds of female friendship.” —Paste Magazine

"Warm, funny, and sharply written debut . . . a strong and authentic voice. I want people to read this book—there’s sex, emotional intensity, love (both sisterly and romantic). . . . If there’s any justice in the world this will be a huge hit.—Irish Independent

“A brilliantly original story . . . keep[s] a reader’s attention to the last. Rich is adept at creating that most elusive yet gratifying of literary characters: the badly behaved woman whom everyone will root for.”—Indo Daily, Irish Independent

“This story will warm your heart and is ideal for your summer reads list.” —Daily Mom

“Fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine won’t want to miss Hotel 21.”  —Parade


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Senta Rich began her career as an advertising copywriter. During this time, she also wrote radio plays and magazine articles, before moving into the world of screenwriting. She now writes regularly for film and TV. Rich lives in Dublin with her husband and son.


Title Details

Pages 336 pages

Trim 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories US Only

Category Fiction

Carton Quantity 33