The Hotel New Hampshire
by Amanda Perez
“Life is like a fairy tale” says Lily Berry, the fourth child in the Berry family, and in reading “The Hotel New Hampshire” by John Irving, you’d think that, at least for these characters, life is like a fairy tale (admittedly a pretty sad one). This novel is the story of the eccentric Berry family, for whom a life led in hotels seems to be fated, and success and tragedy come in equal measure. Told from the perspective of John Berry, the third the family’s five children, the book tells the family’s tale from beginning to end in a way that is both entertaining and insightful. Irving combines humour, drama, and suspense to enthral the reader, and through the narrator’s distinct voice, which invites the reader in while at the same time showcasing intelligence personality, Irving accomplishes the difficult task of getting the reader invested in the book and caring about the characters. All in all, this was an excellent novel, and one which all people should read, if only to experience the fairy tale that is the life of the Berry family.