The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel Review

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 an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it's the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent's half-brother, Paul, 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 northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.

Title:The Glass Hotel
Edition Language:English

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    The Glass Hotel Reviews

  • Marchpane

    You may be wondering if The Glass Hotel is anything like Emily St John Mandel’s previous novel Station Eleven? The answer is no. AND yes.Don’t get me wrong, The Glass Hotel is a very different...

  • Paromjit

    Emily St. John Mandel writes an exquisite other worldly novel, slightly surreal as if peering through a misted looking glass, of alternative realities, paths not taken, ghosts, of a diverse and dispar...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m just blinking, giving blank looks, a mesmerized expression on my face…This is spectacular… When I admire someone’s extraordinary mind and extremely talented creative skills, any word to de...

  • emma

    this was unlike anything i've ever read...and not quite in a good way?review to come / 2.5 or 3 stars------------currently-reading updates"a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, gho...

  • jessica

    this story definitely falls under the whole ‘its not what you say, but how you say it.’honestly, i couldnt care less about the subject of this novel. a good 1/3 of the book is about the 2008 finan...

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!i am going to put this book in a time capsule, to be opened in fifty years, with the following note: the world is almost entirely terrible right now, except for this book.and if there ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    I’m too biased about Emily St. John Mandel to be completely objective. I’m a huge fan!!!Every novel is exquisitely written, compelling, and utterly absorbing. Emily chooses her words carefully- co...

  • Diane S ?

    I'm not usually attracted to books that feature financial elements, but in this case I made an exception. Simply because I love how this author writes and the way she puts together a story. I'm so gla...

  • Blair

    Review written July 2019: It must be incredibly difficult for a writer to follow a monster hit like Station Eleven. Everyone, it seems, is dying to read The Glass Hotel, and that includes me: I normal...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Leon hadn’t understood, and he’d given Alkaitis his retirement savings anyway. He didn’t insist on a detailed explanation. One of our signature flaws as a species: we will risk almost anythin...