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Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star hotel 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." Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for Neptune-Avradimis, reads the words and orders a drink to calm down. Alkaitis, the owner ...more
320 pages
Expected publication: February 15th 2020 by Picador
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Sinead Donnelly I would say if you enjoy her writing style, you'll easily love her other stuff. For me I haven't read this one yet, but I can't wait to get into it.

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I would say if you enjoy her writing style, you'll easily love her other stuff. For me I haven't read this one yet, but I can't wait to get into it.

Out of her 4 currently released books: Station Eleven is one of my favourite reads ever. "The Singer's Gun" I also loved (would recommend next if you haven't read it). "Last Night in Montreal" is very much worth a read too, while "The Lola Quartet" wasn't quite as captivating, but still good.(less)

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Paromjit
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 disparate cast of characters, their lives and connections revealed as the narrative goes back and forth in time. It is a story of greed, immense wealth, a financial empire built on the shifting sands of an international Ponzi scheme, reflecting the real life example of Bernie Madoff, and the financial ...more
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 kind of book. Its setting is realistic, not speculative. In place of Station Eleven’s focus on art (Shakespeare, music, comics) there is filthy lucre – specifically a Ponzi scheme bearing a striking resemblance to Bernie Madoff’s massive fraud. The romanticism of Station Eleven – its starlit gauziness
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Blair
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 normally think it's a little obnoxious to review an advance copy 6+ months before the book's publication, but I simply could not wait to dive into this one. So I will get this out of the way first: The Glass Hotel is not post-apocalyptic, it's not dystopian, it's straight literary fiction (which is not to say that it doesn't have ...more
Melanie
Dec 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: adult
This sounds like... absolutely everything.

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Andrew Smith
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Anyone who has read Station Eleven or in fact any of the author’s previous novels will know that Mandel writes thoughtful and addictive stories. Her prose doesn’t shout a story at you, it’s far more subtle than that. Instead you’re more likely to be taken through a gentle maze of events that eventually knit together to deliver a gut punch. This book starts with what appears to be a scene of Vincent’s final moments after falling off a ship. One of those thoughts is a wish to see her brother. ...more
Tammy
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“You should eat broken glass.”

The sentence above, a remote island hotel, a Ponzi scheme, a container ship, a lost young woman, and a ghostly presence provide the framework for this masterful novel about greed, guilt, ambition, and love. The writing is languid and dreamy yet still page-turning as the stories of the interconnected characters fold back upon themselves. This is a mesmerizing, unearthly novel with characters throwing stones and crossing lines. Don’t miss it.
Ceecee
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I found the storyline all over the place and I felt a bit baffled because I couldn’t see where it was heading. It jumped from timeline to timeline and character to character in a seemingly random and disconnected fashion and I couldn’t join the dots! Then it all began to slot into place and I saw the reasoning and then I was able to settle into enjoying the book.

The 5 star luxury Glass Hotel was in Caiette, a small and remote part of Vancouver Island. It was owned by super wealthy
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Amanda
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author for me, finding a new author is very exciting and I couldn’t wait to start this book!!

The Glass Hotel is on Vancouver Island, only accessible by boat. A luxury 5 star hotel owned by Jonathon Alkatis who works in finance.

When Jonathon passes a card with his tip to Vincent the bartender it’s a new beginning for as his trophy wife, leading to money and entitlement!!

Thirteen years later Vincent disappears off the deck of the Neptune - Avramidis ship. Was it an accident or
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So I just watched this amazing film that came out this year that nobody seems to have heard of, and it's called The Laundromat . Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas are in it. The movie, through a series of seemingly disconnected vignettes, tells the story of shell corporations, fraud, and corruption, on a global scale.



While reading THE GLASS HOTEL, in all of its haunting glory, I thought of The Laundromat because at its heart, it is also a
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Neil
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There are so many ways to haunt a person, or a life…"

Emily St John Mandel seems to have two particular talents (probably a lot more, but these two stand out to me). She has a remarkable way to tell a story by jumping around in time and yet having it all make sense. She seems to be able to put the pieces together so that the reveals from the past or future come at exactly the right point to avoid the reader being either frustrated or confused. It is a great skill, I think, to be able to write
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Jessica Jeffers
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, fiction
"I was a thief too," I tell him, "we both got corrupted."
Station Eleven is one of my all-time favorite books and I was unbelievably excited when I found out that, more than five years later, Emily St. John Mandel was finally releasing a new novel. I was even more excited when I discovered I could download an advance copy of this book on off Edelweiss.

It's incredibly difficult to summarize the plot of this one without getting too into spoilers, but one very important thing you should know
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Emma
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was very keen to read another book by this author after Station Eleven. This was nothing like that book, in plot or genre, but it was equally gripping, fascinating and intriguing. I enjoyed the way the different strands of time and character were interlinked. Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
Henk
Nov 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sounds good! Ponzi schemes and a bunch of interconnected narratives: count me in! ...more
Izzy
Jan 20, 2019 marked it as to-be-released
thank you emily st. john mandel for blessing us mortals with a new release
Marina
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Don’t read the blurb before reading ‘The Glass Hotel’.
I didn’t. If I had, I’d have probably been put off by words such as "finance" and "shipping".
Because I didn’t read the blurb, I had no idea what was going on most of the time! Characters flickered in and out across fractured timelines and seemingly disparate events. Yet still, the other-worldly beauty of the writing compelled me to read on.
Hate the thought of a loose plot and “other-worldly beauty”? Me too. But not this time.
switterbug (Betsey)
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Station Eleven is a hard act to follow, a stunning post-apocalyptic novel (being turned into a series) that stands on my shelf as arguably one of the best books of the decade. The staying power of art, music, and performance and the nuanced exploration of memories are just some of the story’s refined themes. “Survival is insufficient” is a standout line, however banal on the surface. The story explores the aftermath of a flu epidemic that killed off most of the population. In The Glass Hotel ...more
Susan
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh I could stay in THE GLASS HOTEL forever. Dreamy, spectral. Intricate and delicate, web and gauze. This book is going to be so huge...
Sarah Elizabeth
From the article https://www.thebookseller.com/news/st...
"Senior editor at Picador... said St. John Mandel's prose was "as poignant as ever", with the "galloping" pace of a thriller. Referring to the book as a "brilliant follow up" to Station Eleven, she also hinted the book will include a character that fans might recognise."

i need it now please k thanks bye
SueLucie
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What a wonderful book. I enjoyed it immensely, everything about it - the characters, the settings, the relentlessly building sense of doom, the imaginings of paths not taken and how things might have been. A financial scam collapses with repercussions for many of the characters, their stories interwoven seamlessly over several decades with the effect that we know some of the outcome at the beginning but have to wait till the end for a complete picture. I couldn’t put it down until I found out ...more
Chris Haak
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emily St John Mandel has created yet another great set of characters -who feel so real and almost like friends- and a wonderful story. Totally different from Station Eleven, but I had the same fun reading it.
Thank you Random House and Edewleiss for the ARC!
Barbara Young
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is a disconnected mess of people, places and times, none of which the author made me care about. I wouldn't have even believed it was the same author that wrote Station Eleven, a book I love and have read several times. if she hadn't gratuitiously inserted a character from that earlier book. Two stars, but only because I actually finished it.
Kathryn
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am indebted to the bookseller friend who passed along an Advance Reader Edition of this book after spotting it on my future reads index card (allowing me to feel grateful/slightly superior for maintaining an old school rather than cell phone list).

The Glass Hotel is not post-apocalyptic and is not set in Michigan. What this book does have in common with Mandel's blockbuster hit Station Eleven is a dancing chronology, intriguing characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages well into the
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Bethany Everett
This is a really hard book to rate for me because I feel as if this simply was just not a book. This was a collection of life struggles and lessons and observations through a million different characters, and you never really get the satisfaction of understanding. There was no real story to this, in the traditional sense. This felt to me like a book of short stories all mashed together into a confusing ball of a book. I enjoyed the start, as it follows one character (Paul) through grief and ...more
Mandy
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
so good that I resented every moment I had to do something other than read this book. Put down everything else and read this. You're welcome.
Diana
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In every age, people cross lines into questionable moral territory, but it seems like in the age we find ourselves in right now, it's happening more widely, more loudly. (I'm talking to you, Republican members of Congress; to you, ICE agents and other government employees running concentration camps; to you, evangelicals who voted for this president*; to you, Republicans who go along because you like the tax bill and the gutting of financial and environmental regulations.) It looks like Emily ...more
Andrew
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading an electronic version of this book (thank you to the publisher for it) so it is very fresh in my mind. After finding out this book was coming out, and having loved one of the author’s previous works (Station Eleven), I knew that I must read it. Let me start out by saying that this book is unlike Station Eleven in that it is not a dystopian novel but rather a modern day fiction book about people’s lives. There are however, two characters featured in this book that ...more
Barbara
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to get an ARC of this (and I don't even know how it happened, but Knopf publicity person - thank you so much). What can I say? Reading Emily St. John Mandel is reading a master at work. We often talk about how the general public might never read or rarely reads some critically acclaimed authors. But while Station Eleven gave St. John Mandel commercial success, I often feel that she has been unfairly ignored by the "serious" literary critics. Perhaps because her work straddles the ...more
Mark
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emily St.John Mandel follows up the much talked-about Station Eleven, with a meditation on avarice, morality and serendipity.

Fans of Station Eleven may be disappointed to find that The Glass Hotel is less speculative fiction and more speculative financial risks, but there's much to admire here nonetheless.

The story follows the interweaving lives of a handful of characters, most of whom shared time at the titular hotel. The focus of the book changes as the baton is passed between the various
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mikhaela
Jun 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
i miss emily st. john mandel's writing something fierce
Jessica
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reading copy through Netgalley.

Like everyone else in the world, I wasn't sure how Emily St. John Mandel could ever top Station Eleven. After reading The Glass Hotel, I don't think she's topped Station Eleven. I think she's written an entirely different book with entirely different goals that packed such an emotional and storytelling punch, I'm a bit in shock.

The Glass Hotel is about a lot of stuff: a hotel in British Columbia, a brother and sister relationship, financial
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Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York.

She is the author of five novels, including The Glass Hotel (spring 2020) and Station Eleven (2014.) Station Eleven was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner
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