Dolly Considine’s Hotel
Set in the pre-Celtic Tiger Ireland of 1983. Julian Ryder (aka Paddy Butler) is an eighteen-year-old northside Dubliner aspiring to be a writer. He has allowed his friend Johnner to talk him into selling part of his bullying (but absent) brother’s precious jazz record collection to finance their wild summer holiday away from Ireland. But the proceeds are confiscated by Johnner’s (more middleclass) parents, and because Julian’s brother has announced he’s coming home, Julian needs to get out of town. He goes to the bus station hoping for a miracle and when (Malone) a boy from Derry – on his way to Dolly Considine’s hotel for an interview gets arrested, and Julian’s and the boy’s luggage are accidently exchanged – Julian decides to impersonate him. Although unsuccessful, Dolly takes him on. He is so surprised and shocked at his success that he invents a story (suggesting she is running a ‘safe house’ for IRA youth on the run) to make sense of her bizarre acceptance of him. And so he begins writing his “Summer of Unrequited Love” filled with fake news and featuring stories about living and dead guests, Dolly’s family, and other staff members. He makes enemies, but also becomes the object of desire for some of the hotel’s male and female guests, and while he sometimes capitulates, he also longs for Malone to come for him, so the two of them can walk off into the sunset, together.
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