April 20, 2009
The Enders Hotel received a warm review in the Winter 2009 issue of Western American Literature, the peer reviewed journal of the Western Literature Association.
“Longing is the central theme of Brandon Schrand’s extraordinary debut memoir, The Enders Hotel–the longing of a boy to be a man, the longing of the man to connect with the boy he once was, and the longing of a son for a father he never knew. . . Schrand’s lyrical prose and poetic sensibility engender beauty amid a landscape that has been gutted. . . It is debatable as to who has the stronger hold of the reader in this memoir–the language, the ragged band of ‘enders’ passing through the pages, or the narrator himself, a boy who desperately wants to ‘take his spot in the world of men’. . .We have so few coming-of-age memoirs that detail the inner life of boys, especially western boys.”
April 16, 2009
The Enders Hotel picked up a good review in the recent issue of Fourth Genre, one of the leading journals of literary nonfiction. The reviewer, Jocelyn Bartkevicius, writes, in part, the following:
“[The Enders Hotel] is a book about longing for absent men. The book opens with a gorgeous but brief chapter called ‘Restless Men,’ which links the details of an accidental shooting at the hotel’s bar during his mother’s shift to Schrand’s absent biological father (who served time in the same prison the shooter gets sentenced to). The absence of this father, whom Schrand has never met, haunts the rest of the story intermittently, mostly in the form of his longing for some glimpse of that father… The restless, disappearing men and the crumbling hotel become points of memory in a past that is stalked and recreated in this book.”