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Heartbreak Hotel (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

Gabrielle Burton, Burton Gabrielle


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Devoted to the pains and pleasures of being female, the Museum of the Revolution--with exhibits such as "The Menstrual Show" (performed in redface), "The Hard-to-Please Momma," and "The Litany of the Clothes"--is under siege. The City Fathers, frightened by its continual expansion, are out to destroy it once and for all. But the City Fathers haven't reckoned with the residents of Heartbreak Hotel, a way station for Museum tour guides on mandatory rest leave, including an ex-nun, an unhappy comic, an aging cheerleader, a bitter cop, an accomplished translator, and a very sensuous ex-car hop.

Fiercely funny, astonishingly inventive, "Heartbreak Hotel" maps both the familiar and the uncharted landscapes of women's lives.

Dalkey Archive Press, 9781564781673, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 1999

About the Author

Gabrielle Burton is the author of "Impatient with Desire," "Searching for Tamsen Donner," "Heartbreak Hotel," and "I'm Running Away From Home But I'm Not Allowed To Cross The Street." She wrote the screenplay for the movie, "Manna From Heaven," produced by Five Sisters Productions, (MGM DVD.) Her honors include The Western Heritage Award for outstanding novel, The Maxwell Perkins Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, The Mary Pickford Prize for Screenwriters given by the American Film Institute, 1st Prize, Austin Film Festival Heart of Film Screenwriting contest, and the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. She lives in Venice, CA.