The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel


The Glass Hotel is a sprawling glittering story of love and greed, ghosts and guilt, white collar crimes and beauty as currency. The novel turns on two events, a woman disappears off the deck of a container ship and a ponzi scheme implodes in NY obliterating countless fortunes. Pulling together dramatically different worlds: the Toronto electonica scene, the campgrounds for the near homeless, the business of international shipping, life in a white collar prison that all lead to a masterful conclusion.

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What Our Bookseller Says:

“The Glass Hotel is about all of the small ways we trick, lie, cheat, and hurt others; how these little accumulated tragedies are connected; and how most of the ways we are cruel to each other are really not activities, but passivities. It’s a thriller that reflects on our post-2008 economic crisis reality. While reading this book, I was on-edge and fascinated the entire time. Mandel does an incredible job of cultivating intense suspense and unease even though we already know how the story ends.”

– Julia

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.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel