The Glass Hotel - Emily St. John Mandel

The Glass Hotel

By Emily St. John Mandel

  • Release Date: 2020-03-24
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
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From 962 Ratings

Description

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“The perfect novel. . . . Freshly mysterious.” The Washington Post


From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate eventsthe exposure of a massive criminal enterprise 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's billion-dollar business is really nothing more than a game of smoke and mirrors. When his scheme 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, 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.

“Compulsively readable.” —Chicago Review of Books

Reviews

  • Riveting Read

    5
    By Cortikay2
    From one of my favorite writers, a breathtaking book about loneliness, risk, and loss. It takes you inside the lives of the extremely wealthy and corrupt hedge funds, to the quiets of small town Caiette.
  • Fun but scattered

    3
    By GrumpyPolarBear
    While the book did make for a good read, it has quite a few characters and jumps between times and characters with almost no pattern. Very unique ideas with events playing into each other or character relationships coming and going but at times, it just feels like the memories from a scatterbrained narrator.
  • Disappointing

    2
    By Racer stacer
    Started off strong, then just rambled to a dull ending
  • Thank you

    5
    By joharri3
    It is rare and beautiful. Feel of envy. Ghosts. Betrayal. Truth. And mostly love. Thank you.
  • Stunning

    5
    By Mimi HF
    Sparkling and haunting. This one will stay with me