#BookReview: Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister

Reviewer: Samantha

doroty parker drank hereI received a review copy


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.


Reading the synopsis, I was all in. Who wouldn’t want to read about Dorothy Parker haunting the halls of the Algonquin Hotel? While I will say it took me a little bit to fully engage in this one, once it started to pick up steam for me I really got into it. There is a great story to be told with Norah Wolfe and her connection to Ted Shriver, and with Dorothy involved in each step of the way, it was incredibly fulfilling to read. It got a little predictable for me with the plot twist, but then it twisted even more and quite surprised me. Plenty of witty moments to fill these pages, and a unique read that left me pleased.

4 stars

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