I first read Galaxy Hotel a number of months ago; shortly after it was available to the public. Prior to reading the book I expected that I would like it, and I do... very much. Subsequent re-readings have confirmed and enhanced my appreciation of this fact.
Galaxy Hotel is funny, warm, and poignant.
Ms. Henry’s characters present as well-rounded, natural, and realistic people whose existence is not limited to the narrative of a book.
The world that Ms. Henry creates looks real and behaves like reality. Characters exist, surrounded by atmosphere and ephemera, and informed by the past. The future emerges in the uncertain significance of new people and events. Elapsed time reveals meaning that is shown instead of told, so that the reader can observe the plot unfold the same way the characters do. The plot is never thin or nakedly linear; nor is the plot trajectory or outcome ever obvious.
In Galaxy Hotel serious things happen in funny or odd ways; sad things happen in beautiful, unexpected ways.
(reviewed 83 days after purchase)