Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland
.PDF, 300 pages
Expected Publication: May 18th 2021 by Berkley Publishing Group
About the Book:
In its heyday, The Golden Hotel was the crown jewel of the hotter-than-hot Catskills vacation scene. For more than sixty years, the Goldman and Weingold families – best friends and business partners – have presided over this glamorous resort which served as a second home for well-heeled guests and celebrities. But the Catskills are not what they used to be – and neither is the relationship between the Goldmans and the Weingolds. As the facilities and management begin to fall apart, a tempting offer to sell forces the two families together again to make a heart-wrenching decision. Can they save their beloved Golden or is it too late? Long-buried secrets emerge, new dramas and financial scandal erupt, and everyone from the traditional grandparents to the millennial grandchildren wants a say in the hotel’s future. Business and pleasure clash in this fast-paced, hilarious, nostalgia-filled story, where the hotel owners rediscover the magic of a bygone era of nonstop fun even as they grapple with what may be their last resort.
This is my first read by this author but it won't be the last. Elyssa Friedland puts the fun in dysfunction and has written a witty and entertaining story. The cast of characters are complex, and they are a complicated group, each having their own set of problems and secrets.
There is plenty of material in this novel for dramatic turns and flamboyant scenes. The author writes very well and is a pert observer of human and generational interaction. The narrative is full of wry and witty insights, dotted with some poignancy, and Friedland eloquently describes situations that will be familiar to many of her readers.
A funny, heart warming and a poignant read...there is a touch of satire, and I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, honesty, communication, emotional support and love. I recommend this amusing and thought-provoking story.
Thank you NetGalley, Elyssa Friedland and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.