Mrs. Eckdorf in O'Neill's Hotel
|Publisher||The Bodley Head|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Love Department|
|Followed by||Miss Gomez and the Brethren|
The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1970.
Mrs Ivy Eckdorf, a professional photographer with two unsuccessful marriages behind her, decides to visit Dublin's O'Neill's Hotel, after hearing that there are some dark secrets in the closet at the place. The hotel is owned by Mrs Sinnott, a compassionate deaf-and-dumb lady fast approaching her ninety-second year. Her feckless son Eugene, a drunk and gambling addict, spends little on the upkeep of the hotel, and the place has now acquired a reputation as a somewhat seedy establishment: Morrissey, a local pimp, often arranges his clients' rendezvous with prostitutes in the rooms. With her feistiness and indefatigable spirit Mrs Eckdorf budges into the lives of the Sinnott family, O'Neill the hall porter and Father Hennessey, a Catholic priest of the local parish.
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