Margaret is doing everything in her power to forget home. And Tokyo's exotic nightlife -- teeming with intoxicants, pornography, and three-hour love hotels -- enables her to keep her demons at bay. Working as an English specialist at Air-Pro Stewardess Training Institute by day, and losing herself in a sex- and drug-addled oblivion by night, Margaret represses memories of her painful childhood and her older brother Frank's descent into madness.
But Margaret's deliberate nihilism is thrown off balance as she becomes increasingly haunted by images of a Western girl missing in Tokyo. And when she becomes enamored of Kazu, a mysterious gangster, their affair sparks a chain of events that could spell tragedy for Margaret, in a city where it's all too easy to disappear.
“Catherine Hanrahan’s first novel, Lost Girls And Love Hotels, shows huge potential.”
“Edgy, hip… This insider view of highend Japanese youth culture is wicked and unsparing.”
“Hanrahan presents a Tokyo far from cherry blossoms and Zen temples…an admirable debut, sharp as a samurai’s sword.”
“Lost Girls and Love Hotels could almost be read as an alternative travel guide.”
“This ambitious first novel may blow a few of the book-and-brunch set out of their orientalist armchairs…”