The Glass Hotel

Version: Unabridged
Author: Emily St John Mandel
Narrator: Dylan Moore
Genres: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: March 2020
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Overview

'The Glass Hotel may be the perfect novel for your survival bunker.'
--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

A New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Bustle, Buzzfeed, GoodReads, Houston Chronicle, Writer's Digest, Medium, Washington Independent Review of Books, The Millions, Boston Globe, USA Today, and Women's Day Most Anticipated Book of 2020

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.

Reviews (2)

Written by Katrina J. on April 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Couldn’t finish, lost interest

Written by Kathleen T. on April 3rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Could not have cared less about the characters and their stories. Book made no sense in that each person’s story was weak and uninteresting. Couldn’t wait for it to be over!!

Author Details

Author Details

Mandel, Emily St John

Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia. She studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York.

Her previous novels are The Lola Quartet, which was the #1 Indie Next pick for May 2012; Last Night in Montreal (a June 2009 Indie Next pick and a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year); and The Singer's Gun (winner of an Indie Bookseller's Choice Award, #1 Indie Next pick for May 2010, long-listed for both The Morning News' 2011 Tournament of Books and the 2011 Spinetingler Awards.)

She is a staff writer for The Millions. Her essays and short stories have been included in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is married and lives in Brooklyn.