The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events–a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: Why don’t you swallow broken glass. High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis is running an international Ponzi scheme, moving imaginary sums of money through clients’ accounts. When the financial empire collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan’s wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: a woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call.

In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

Title:The Glass Hotel
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525521143
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    The Glass Hotel Reviews

  • emma

    I was semi-relieved to be done with this book when I finished it, because it was at any given point somewhere between mildly and lethally disappointing to me, but every single person in my life was mo...

  • Marchpane

    You may be wondering if The Glass Hotel is anything like Emily St John Mandel’s previous novel Station Eleven? The answer is no. AND yes.Don’t get me wrong, The Glass Hotel is a very different...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m just blinking, giving blank looks, a mesmerized expression on my face…This is spectacular… When I admire someone’s extraordinary mind and extremely talented creative skills, any word to de...

  • Roxane

    Beautifully written but this book is doing way too much. A Ponzi scheme, a brother who is an addict and composer, a sister who is a trophy wife and then a ship’s cook, a hotel on a remote Canadian i...

  • Paromjit

    Emily St. John Mandel writes an exquisite other worldly novel, slightly surreal as if peering through a misted looking glass, of alternative realities, paths not taken, ghosts, of a diverse and dispar...

  • Bethany Everett

    This is a really hard book to rate for me because I feel as if this simply was just not a book. This was a collection of life struggles and lessons and observations through a million different charact...

  • karen

    oooh, goodreads choice awards finalist for best fiction 2020! what will happen?i am going to put this book in a time capsule, to be opened in fifty years, with the following note: the world is almost ...

  • jessica

    this story definitely falls under the whole ‘its not what you say, but how you say it.’honestly, i couldnt care less about the subject of this novel. a good 1/3 of the book is about the 2008 finan...

  • Elyse  Walters

    I’m too biased about Emily St. John Mandel to be completely objective. I’m a huge fan!!!Every novel is exquisitely written, compelling, and utterly absorbing. Emily chooses her words carefully- co...

  • JanB

    4.5 starsThe Glass Hotel is much more than a story about financial corruption. It’s about complex, self-delusional people motivated by greed, and the people caught up and destroyed in their orbit. A...