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Shortlisted for The Scotiabank Giller Prize

A Time Magazine Must Read Book of 2020

A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

Number One National Best Seller

New York Times Best Seller

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.

Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts. 

©2020 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Probably a better read than audiobook

There are a lot of characters and it jumps around in time a lot. I prefer more sequentiality told stories and found this one hard to follow. The topic of ponzi schemes was hard to relate to. I think the author is trying to say a lot in this book. To much. It will only be memorable in that it was so difficult to stick with and so completely disappointing in its ending. Overall a pretty depressing story.

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Close to the perfect book....

I started listening to Emily St. John Mandel's novels because of Station 11. I'm now finished four of her novels; this one is close to perfect. She is the master of multiple timelines and character narratives. I'm so glad I came across her work...so, so good!

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Interesting story. Unfortunately, poor performance.

The accents were truly terrible. The French Canadian sounded Russian, etc. Still, a good book.