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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

Dorothy Parker Drank Here

Series: Dorothy Parker #2
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: 02/24/2015
Format: Other
My Rating: 5 Stars
The acid-tongued Dorothy Parker is back and haunting the halls of the Algonquin with her piercing wit, audacious voice, and unexpectedly tender wisdom.
Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, drink in hand, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity.
After forty years she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, silenced early in a promising career by a devastating plagiarism scandal. Now a prickly recluse, he hides away in the old hotel slowly dying of cancer, which he refuses to treat. If she can just convince him to sign the infamous guestbook of Percy Coates, Dorothy Parker might be able to persuade the jaded writer to spurn the white light with her. Ted, however, might be the only person living or dead who’s more stubborn than Parker, and he rejects her proposal outright.
When a young, ambitious TV producer, Norah Wolfe, enters the hotel in search of Ted Shriver, Parker sees another opportunity to get what she wants. Instead, she and Norah manage to uncover such startling secrets about Ted’s past that the future changes for all of them.

My Review

A special thank you to Penguin First to Read for an ARC in exchage for an honest reivew.
Wacky, hilarious, and entertaining! Just purchased Meister's two audiobooks, Farewell Dorthy Parker and The Other Life. (can't wait to dive in)
Dorothy Parker, an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and 20th century urban foibles returns in spirit for some contemporary literary fun and games in Dorothy Parker Drank Here.
As the book opens Parker is at the Blue Bar at the New York City Algonquin Hotel, where all her former literary drinks chums have died; however, she is staying at the hotel due to signing the old hotel manager’s magical guest book (which allows you eternity and to stay and drink—sounds like fun, right?)
Parker is focused on getting into the room of Ted Shriver, a seventies literary genius which is depressed and disgraced by a plagiarism scandal, and by the way, is dying. He is drinking heavily to drown his sorrows. She has to get him to sign the guest register prior to dying. However, he is not interested in company and wants to be left alone. Parker wants his spirit to stick around to have more drinking buddies in the afterlife.
Too add to the mix, Norah Wolfe, a young producer of a failing TV show, wants to advance her career by convincing Shriver to appear on her show. There are a few catches and surprises along the way in order for this to work.
Fun, Fun. . . I love books about witty and intriguing Dorothy Parker, and her ghost is even funnier with her scheming. This was my first book by Ellen Meister and enjoyed her humor and the clever way she allowed Parker to return in rare form.
If you enjoy literary icons from the past, mixed with humor, and magical spirits, this one is for you! Looking forward to reading the previous books and #3 in the series.
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