Monday, June 15, 2009

Monica Ali's best books

Monica Ali’s new novel, In the Kitchen, is set in a five-star London hotel. At The Week, the author of Brick Lane and Alentejo Blue named six favorite earlier works that made the most of similar settings.

One title on her list:
The Shining by Stephen King (Pocket, $15).

A hotel is about as characterful as a building can get, and the Overlook Hotel is an exceptionally strong character. When the place comes, literally, to life, it seems terrifyingly natural that it should.
Read about another title on Ali's list.

--Marshal Zeringue