The Glass Hotel (Paperback)

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Emily St. John Mandel brings us a tale of disappearing women and the ripples of a ponzi scheme in this narrative bending and unexpected delight. At its heart, The Glass Hotel is about how the action of one ripples into another, and so on and so forth. The story is the pond and Mandel is the rain. 

— Rebecca George

ESJM has once again written a stunner of a novel. She uses unexpected narrative shifts to show the interconections of each narrator's decisions with so many others. Lick throwing a pebble in a pond, the ripples shift towards and collide with other ripples. A woman lost at sea. A ponzi scheme. A half brother grappling with one bad decision — SO. GOOD.

- Rebecca

— From Staff Picks

April 2020 Indie Next List

“In this ghostly story of ignoring what’s right in front of you, a group of characters try to grapple with what seems like inevitable choices. Mandel’s book is like the glass in the title: her language glitters while offering clarity and reflection, and her characters are like broken shards, mesmerizing in one light and dangerously ordinary in another. Combining the humanity and structure of Station Eleven with the brutal realism of her earlier works, The Glass Hotel is an exceptional novel.”
— Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA



"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 events--the 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

About the Author

Emily St. John Mandel's four previous novels include Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and has been translated into thirty-three languages. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525562948
ISBN-10: 052556294X
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: February 16th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English