The Hotel New Hampshire is a 1981 novel by John Irving. It tells the story of the Berrys, an eccentric family, as they attempt to run a series of hotels.It could be said to be Irving's most typical novel; That Other Wiki has a chart of all the recurring motifs in Irving's fiction (bears, prostitution, the city of Vienna, and so on) and The Hotel New Hampshire is the only one of his books that contains all of them.Adapted into a 1984 film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob Lowe, and Nastassja Kinski.
Tropes featured include:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Franny with Ernst (and Chipper to some extent)
- Anorgasmia: Subverted with "Screaming Annie" the hooker who fakes very loud orgasms. It later turns out they were not fake.
- Bears Are Bad News: Bears real (State o'Maine), costumed (Susie) and metaphorical pervade the book.
- Bi the Way: Franny and Susie. Averted with Frank.
- Broken Bird: Both Franny and Susie.
- Brother-Sister Incest: John and Franny, in a rare case where it doesn't end badly.
- Coming-of-Age Story: For John and his siblings.
- Driven to Suicide: Lilly.
- Misaimed Fandom: In-universe, Lilly's second book has one.
- The Pollyanna: Win is always convinced everything will turn out right this time.
- Rape as Drama
- Schemer: Win.
- Taxidermy Terror: The preserved body of the Berry's dead dog Sorrow frightens quite a few people before sinking into the icy waters of the North Atlantic; among other things, it prevents John from losing his virginity and literally frightens his grandfather to death.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: The radicals in Vienna are nominally Communist, but they're extremely vague about what their actual goals are.