Nicola Harrison celebrates the launch of Hotel Laguna | Tuesday, June 20th at 6 pm

{pages} a bookstore is proud to welcome back author and friend, Nicola Harrison in celebration of the publication of her third novel, Hotel Laguna.

Tuesday, June 20th is publication day and we are pleased to be hosting the launch of this beautiful, historical novel set in Southern California.

This is a free event, however we hope that you will consider purchasing a copy of the book through {pages} a bookstore.  Pre-order with {pages} and receive a special bookmark, signed copy and a tote bag, while supplies last.

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More about Hotel Laguna: In 1942, Hazel Francis left Wichita, Kansas for California, determined to do her part for the war effort. At Douglas Aircraft, she became one of many “Rosie the Riveters,” helping construct bombers for the U. S. military. But now the war is over, men have returned to their factory jobs, and women like Hazel have been dismissed, expected to return home to become wives and mothers.

Unwilling to be forced into a traditional woman’s role in the Midwest, Hazel remains on the west coast, and finds herself in the bohemian town of Laguna Beach. Desperate for work, she accepts a job as an assistant to famous artist Hanson Radcliff. Beloved by the locals for his contributions to the art scene and respected by the critics, Radcliff lives under the shadow of a decades old scandal that haunts him.

Working hard to stay on her cantankerous employer’s good side, Hazel becomes a valued member of the community. She never expected to fall in love with the rhythms of life in Laguna, nor did she expect to find a kindred spirit in Jimmy, the hotel bartender whose friendship promises something more. But Hazel still wants to work with airplanes—maybe even learn to fly one someday. Torn between pursuing her dream and the dream life she has been granted, she is unsure if giving herself over to Laguna is what her heart truly wants.

More about Nicola Harrison:

Born in England, Nicola Harrison moved to California where she received a BA in Literature at UCLA before earning an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook. She is a member of The Writers Room, has short stories published in The Southampton Review and Glimmer Train and articles in Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. She is the author of Montauk and The Show Girl.




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Hotel Laguna: A Novel By Nicola Harrison Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250277381
Availability: Out of Stock, but we can likely order it for you. We will advise if we cannot.
Published: St. Martin's Press - June 20th, 2023