The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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A Time Magazine Must Read Book of 2020
A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

#1 national bestseller

New York Times bestseller

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.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


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AndreaG_KCMO Feb 24, 2021

This is my second St. John Mandel, and while I enjoyed Last Night in Montreal a bit more, this work showcases a mastery of storytelling and command of language. Her skill is imperceptible; in the act of reading, I am fully engaged. Between chapters and during breaks I recall how easy and beautiful and lingering those sentences are. The theme of willful ignorance resonates, and the use of haunting and ghosts as a device throughout the second half surprised me in the best way.

Feb 03, 2021

A dreary book full of unlikable characters. Pass.

Feb 02, 2021

I loved this book. At the beginning you're not sure where it'll go, but then the pace picks up and it forces you to keep reading to the end.

Jan 22, 2021

I had a hard time getting into this book but enjoyed reading it. It didn’t fully absorb me but the story telling is interesting and that’s what kept me reading. I didn’t particularly love any of the characters but they are written as real humans, flawed but trying to find their way in the world as we all are. A good book but not amazing.

Jan 13, 2021

Excellent book. I preferred it to Station 11, very good descriptions.

Dec 31, 2020

Only familiar with the author through reading Station Eleven, I was disappointed when I heard about the basic plot of this novel. I had been hoping for more of the speculative fiction Station Eleven kind of story. However, it quickly won me over. A novel with several threads can sometimes lose me, but I found all the threads to be compelling. The style is very similar to Station Eleven, meaning many jumps from character to character and across time lines. So, yes, sometime I found myself going back to previous chapters to try and sort things out. In the end, it all came together in a very satisfying way. If you loved Station Eleven, keep on the lookout for some overlapping characters (and don't worry too much about how they could exist in both fictional universes).

Dec 28, 2020

I quite enjoyed this novel.

flightofabluebird Dec 12, 2020

Haunting and lyrically written. I don't usually enjoy books that spend a lot of time describing the landscape, but it is done really well in this novel (plus a lot of it describes beautiful BC!). The characters are all unique and well-rounded. I am looking forward to reading Station Eleven.

Nov 16, 2020

A story about a lot of unprincipled and/or not very nice people who have bad things happen to them, this kept me interested enough to finish it, but I didn't love it.

Sep 10, 2020

Everyone is right, The Glass Hotel does not reach Station Eleven levels of adoration. That being said, Mandel is a wonderful writer, who draws me in and makes me empathize for each character in their own way. I did care about some characters more than others, and was sometimes frustrated when the story switched tracks to a different thread, but her ability to weave the threads together is still magical. So, yes, if you're going into this book expecting a repeat of Station Eleven - reel your expectations in a little. The book is absolutely still worth your time.

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