Hotel du Jack
And Other Stories
A woman granted a superpower discovers it’s more trouble than it’s worth. A neighbourhood forum becomes the setting for a bizarre ghost story. A children’s entertainer wrestles with problems that are nothing to joke about. A harassed dad attempts to meet the challenge of the primary school cake competition.
By turns tender and satirical, witty and bizarre, the stories in this debut collection cast a fresh eye on first-world problems. Funny and humane, they zoom in on the absurdities and poignancies in work, family, love and loss in our frenetic modern lives.
‘Alive with humour, wit and subtle observations...and, then, when we’re least expecting it, a darkness, a deeper reality,a shadow that creeps up behind and holds up a mirror.’
-Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo
‘Brotzel’s prose style is anarchic and economical. His dialogue fizzesalong brilliantly and he’s genuinely a laugh-out-loud writer, but withsome real pathos and depth to his characters too.’
-C.M. Taylor, author of Premiership Psycho and Staying On