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Publisher Description

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE NEW YORKER NPR TIME THE WASHINGTON POST ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY AND MORE!

“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.

Look for Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel, Sea of Tranquility, coming in April 2022!

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
March 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

GrumpyPolarBear ,

Fun but scattered

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.

MJW6506 ,

Loved!

Must read!

Kimbo1216 ,

Not my cuppa

This is my second book by this author. I think her disjointed style of going everywhere and nowhere writing just didn’t for me. I feel like her books are almost trying too hard to be profound. Or maybe I’m just not profound enough to get it. Idk. But I haven’t connected with the characters or her story either time.

I guess I was interested enough to finish. But ultimately disappointed because just as I suspected, it just kind of ends. No real conclusion. No real aim.

I also really hate the cover. Actually, that’s wrong. I love the cover. But the cover implies a mystery. A bit of a thrill. The blurb does too. But alas, the reality is neither. And the glass hotel is barely in the story and I’m not sure why that’s the name of the story.

Idk. This just didn’t work for me. I almost gave it 3 stars because I could see it becoming a more interesting movie with a good director. And I could see why other people would like this…unique style of writing. But as I wrote my review; I realized just how much I didn’t care for it. So I settled on two stars since I did finish and do see some merits even if I didn’t enjoy it.

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