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Evocative of Upstairs Downstairs, the reader gets a delicious vicarious look at both the guests and staff at the Shipley Hotel whose lives intersect over the course of a 24-hour period. Each consecutive chapter title is a time of day, beginning at 4:00 AM, when the hotel lobby comes to life and those working behind the scenes to spruce up the lobby with fresh flower centerpieces and front-desk staff are busy preparing for the hectic day ahead as their guests upstairs are sleeping, oblivious to the busy preparation downstairs.
More than just a hotel, the Shipley is the "Landmark choice of San Francisco hotels," says the narrator. "It is a microcosm of humanity where visitors gather, common people feel sophisticated, strangers pass as interesting, twelve dollars seems a fair price for a cup of coffee, and where our perky and attentive staff provides the gold standard in artificial concern and comfort."
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Reminiscent of Grand Hotel and Neil Simon's California Suite, THE LOBBY by Randi M Sherman sheds a hilarious spotlight on the comings and goings of anonymous people who come to life in the lobby of the grand Shipley Hotel. Practically engineered for eavesdropping, San Francisco's juiciest hotel lobby offers the perfect place to witness the lives-- and the most comedic intersections of staff, long-term residents, and eccentric guests.
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Honored with 17 Awards for Humor and General Fiction
Randi M. Sherman