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The Hotel Egypt
Stuart M. Ross

ISBN ​​​978-1-963908-08-4      344 pages         $20.00

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Following the breakup of his marriage and the loss of a child, Ty Rossberg books himself a suite at the wrong hotel. There he meets his dream girl, Ellory Allen, a parking lot heiress who’s on the run. Together, Ellory and Ty will conquer the world. But when they meet a laid-back prophet in the Olympic mountains, their dream life takes a nightmarish turn. 

“The Hotel Egypt is a fever dream of America under Trump, of what we talk about when we talk about love, of the lies we tell ourselves, and the dreams that kick us out. The narrator Ty is a Rorschach test: see what you want in him and maybe some of them (or none of them) will be true. We are trapped in his perspective, so limited yet with imagined omniscience, in the way of Americans, of American men, of all of us during the death spiral of late capitalism and the planet.” 
   —C. Kubasta, author of Abjectification and Under the Tented Skin

Praise for Stuart M. Ross’s The Hotel Egypt 

“The Hotel Egypt is a fever dream of America under Trump, of what we talk about when we talk about love, of the lies we tell ourselves, and the dreams that kick us out. The narrator Ty is a Rorschach test: see what you want in him and maybe some of them (or none of them) will be true. We are trapped in his perspective, so limited yet with imagined omniscience, in the way of Americans, of American men, of all of us during the death spiral of late capitalism and the planet.” 
   —C. Kubasta, author of Abjectification and Under the Tented Skin 

“This isn’t a mere meditation on late-stage capitalism, late-stage American Judaism, and parenthood, but a ruthless dissection that gutsily gets into every dark corner of the minds of Ty and Ellory, the charmingly reprehensible protagonists of this epic novel. The rollicking, riotous, and absurd qualities of the prose call to mind Stanley Elkin, its shrewdness and sophistication Robert Coover, but the book, as a whole, is Rossian. A one-of-a-kind literary jolt.” 
   —Avner Landes, author of Meiselman: The Lean Years 

“Stuart Ross is in top form with The Hotel Egypt. Wise-cracking funny and gut-punching poignant, this novel will keep you wondering “what happens next?” with every turned page. Ross’s energy crackles through each scene, electrifying Ty’s voice and engrossing us from start to finish.”
   —Alex Poppe, author of Duende, Jinwar and Other Stories, and Girl, World

“The Hotel Egypt is full of so much—inventiveness, references, language. The characters may never be delivered from the contemporary wasteland they wander in a kind of ongoing dream, but Ross plumbs the depths of the unconscious and surfaces with keen reflections on selfhood and parenthood. Funnily disturbing and disturbingly funny. 
   —Deborah Shapiro, author of Consolation 

"Stuart Ross is the outer-borough pop culture love child of Jane Austen, Fran Lebowitz, and Whit Stillman, crafting literary—and literate, comedy of manners for modern consumption. What makes Ross's work a must read, outside of the brilliant dialogue mind you, is the comedy so clearly emerges from a place of isolation and anger and the manners are so wholly lacking. To which I’d add—what could be more timely or contemporary than that? Not much." 
   —Ben Tanzer, author of The Missing, UPSTATE & Lost in Space 

“If you like your books dirty, your dad rock lyrics horny, and need subtitles for your prestige TV, you’ll want to check in to The Hotel Egypt. Ross’s characters refuse to be your friend, and embody late-capitalist American culture so sincerely, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to hug them or punch them in the face.” 
   —Jeremy T. Wilson, author of The Quail Who Wears the Shirt 


Praise for Stuart M. Ross’s Jenny in Corona 

“A beautiful, moving, and utterly strange novel.” — Centered on Books “Jenny in Corona is a must read for those looking for something a little more peculiar than the typical recommendation. This is a career you’ll want to follow.” 
— Debutiful 

“A vivid representation of the diffuse, ambiguous, turbulent nature of youth.” 
— Eclectica Magazine 

“Jenny in Corona is a remarkable New York City novel, a book as funny as it is moving.” 
— Largehearted Boy 

“Jenny in Corona grabs your attention with its narrative voice.” 
— New City Lit 

“It’s a pleasure to dive into the warped mind of Jenny in Corona’s protagonist, and see Queens through his eyes.” 
— Writer’s Bone 

“There’s something wonderful about the way Stuart Ross sees the world and the way he translates that over into this book filled with confused people in confusing times. Jenny in Corona takes the mundane and twists it into something that is funny, bittersweet, and undeniably brilliant. He’s given us the modern bildungsroman that we need as much as we deserve.” 
— Jason Diamond 

“Stuart Ross is a natural, as very few novelists are: Jenny in Corona comes trippingly off the page, with a lightness of touch and wicked charm to spare. You can’t not love his every deluded character—because he loves them so well himself. Alive inside forgotten time or some fugitive place, this is a tender farewell to the wreck of the 20th century. ” 
— Miles Klee 

“Jenny in Corona is by turns hilarious and devastating and profound. Stuart Ross has one of the strangest minds I’ve ever encountered; I say this not as a warning but as an enthusiastic endorsement.” 
— Rebecca Makkai 

“If you’ve ever doubted whether our contemporary discourse (much less predicament) could inspire truly stirring music, then Stuart Ross has a filibuster for you. Throughout Jenny in Corona, his prose evokes a dizzying assortment of past American masters of the sublimely vulgar, from Stanley Elkin to Joy Williams to Bret Easton Ellis to Ishmael Reed, all while carrying its own unmistakable tune with disarmingly perfect pitch. Call it the comic novel of now that we don’t deserve — but with whose satiric insights we’ve been graced nevertheless.” 
— Joe Milazzo 

“This saga about Ty, a beyond-alienated business consultant and artisanal builder of doomed relationships, feels written by Joshua Ferris’s even more mischievous brother. Each and every sentence is wonderful, full of hairpin turns, city fresh details, and insight. ‘Never forget that Americans invented cheerleading,’ Ty warns us. I’ll not forget this book. Irreverent, scathingly funny, and emotionally piercing, Jenny in Corona is a resplendent debut.” 
— Andy Mozina 

“Jenny in Corona is a runaway ride on the R train, fueled by sentences like triple shots of espresso. This novel is an extra-long Tom Waits song, a day at the Stadium, a 3 A.M. breakfast in a diner. Stuart Ross knows outer-borough New York in all its glory: its hustlers, poets, Wall Street wannabes, sweet strivers. I’m homesick and smitten.” 
— Valerie Sayers

Stuart Ross is a writer from Queens living in Chicago. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s MFA program, he is the author of the novel Jenny in Corona (Tortoise Books, 2019). His work has appeared in places like Necessary Fiction, New World Writing, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Awl, Diagram, LitPub, and many others. He is the Reviews Editor at Eclectica Magazine. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram @myskypager