HYPERtext Interview with Chris Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian’s The Guest Room, is a story of debauchery gone wrong when a bachelor party turns into a double homicide. The seemingly perfect life of Richard Chapman – a loving husband, doting father and successful investment banker in New York – takes an unexpected turn when the “entertainment” for Philip, Richard’s younger brother, murder their handlers in Richard’s home. The Guest Room paces like drama-based mystery-thrillers while deftly accommodating, with nuanced prose, multiple character voices.
Although character driven, Bohjalian’s novels often tackle issues that plague society on a greater scale: sex slavery in the case of The Guest Room. Steeped in suspense, Alexandra, the victim of an illicit underground world, is given a voice that is riddled with the wisdom of experience, the innocence of a child forced to grow up too soon, and the strength of surviving her reality.
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