In-person Book Launch: EXTENDED STAY by Juan Martinez

Join us for an in-person event celebrating EXTENDED STAY by Juan Martinez. For this event, Juan Martinez will be in conversation with Lindsay Hunter.

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In a rundown neighborhood in the heart of Las Vegas, the Alicia hotel awakens and beckons to the most vulnerable—those with something to hide.

After his parents are killed in a horrific roadside execution, Alvaro flees his home in Colombia and finds work as a line cook at the seedy hotel. Together with his sister, Carmen, he begins to make a new life in the desert, earning a promotion to management along with an irresistible offer to stay at the hotel rent-free. But as beloved photographs go missing, cockroaches seep from the walls, and grotesque strangers wander the corridors, the promise of the Alicia decays into nightmare. Alvaro discovers that the hotel is a small appendage of an enormous creature that feeds on guests and their secrets, one that will eventually bring him face-to-face with the memories he most wants to outrun. Alvaro, Carmen, and their friends decide to cooperate with the creature rather than fight it. But in their efforts to appease it, do they sacrifice too much of themselves?

Haunting and visceral, Extended Stay uses the language of body horror and the gothic to comment on the complicated relationship between the Latinx undocumented experience and capitalism, the erasure of those living and working on the margins, the heavy toll exacted by memory, and the queasy permeability of boundaries that separate the waking world from the world of dreams.

 

Juan Martinez is the author of Best Worst American. He lives near Chicago and is an associate professor at Northwestern University.

Lindsay Hunter is the author of the story collections Don’t Kiss Me and Daddy’s and the novels Ugly Girls and Eat Only When You're Hungry, a finalist for the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Fiction Award. Originally from Florida, she now lives in Chicago with her husband, sons, and dogs.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Extended Stay (Camino del Sol ) By Juan Martinez Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780816547975
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: University of Arizona Press - January 17th, 2023