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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, its the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: Why dont you swallow broken ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Marina They are very very different books. Her writing style is still there but I found that Station Eleven had more intriguing and surprising "connections"…moreThey are very very different books. Her writing style is still there but I found that Station Eleven had more intriguing and surprising "connections" between all the different characters whereas Glass Hotel does not. I also found that it took a good while for the book to catch up to its own synopsis. I'd also say Station Eleven is more grounded is a sci-fi subgenre whereas Glass Hotel is more contemporary with a hint of paranormal. (less)
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Paromjit
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Mandels previous novel Station Eleven? The answer is no. AND yes.

Dont get me wrong, The Glass Hotel is a very different kind of book. Its setting is realistic, not speculative. In place of Station Elevens focus on art (Shakespeare, music, comics) there is filthy lucre specifically a Ponzi scheme bearing a striking resemblance to Bernie Madoffs massive fraud. The romanticism of Station Eleven its starlit gauziness and
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karen
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 is anyone left alive on the planet fifty years from now to dig it up, they, too, will declare this book a masterpiece.

because yoo-mons don't change, not really, and this book proves once again that emily st. john mandel has a deeper, broader understanding than most about what makes humanity tick,
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jessica
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 financial crisis and the collapse of a ponzi scheme. that is not something that interests me one bit. but how mandel portrays this topic, how she effectively structures the narrative, and how she intertwines the lives of the characters is really fascinating. i found myself enjoying this because i liked how the
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im just blinking, giving blank looks, a mesmerized expression on my faceThis is spectacular
When I admire someones extraordinary mind and extremely talented creative skills, any word to describe the work he/she created will not be enough to express my feelings. Emily St. John Mandel is the wizard and genius to surprise us how perfectly crafted words and smart story-telling, impeccably developed and layered characterization change our worlds.

This book is real puzzle: all the pieces perfectly
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Elyse  Walters
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im too biased about Emily St. John Mandel to be completely objective. Im a huge fan!!!

Every novel is exquisitely written, compelling, and utterly absorbing.

Emily chooses her words carefully- consciously - vibrantly - never leaving me with the feeling that anything needs to be edited.

I met this extraordinary author in 2010...
after buying and reading her first book through Unbridled books....an independent book company that features new books by new hot-and-up-incoming- authors.

Emilys first
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Diane S ☔
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 glad I went with my intuition, which shows sometimes you just need to trust a favored author.

Although this is about a Ponzi scheme, it is so much more. It is the story of Vincent, a female, named after Edna St. Vincent Milay , and she is a fasinating character. A sort of chameleon, trying to find her
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, greed
Leon hadnt understood, and hed given Alkaitis his retirement savings anyway. He didnt insist on a detailed explanation. One of our signature flaws as a species: we will risk almost anything to avoid looking stupid. The strategy had seemed to adhere to a certain logic, even if the precise mechanics--puts, calls, options, holds, conversions--swam just outside of his grasp. Look, Alkaitis had said, at his warmest and most accommodating, I could break it all down for you, but I think you understand ...more
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
Tammy
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Dont miss it.
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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 authors previous novels will know that Mandel writes thoughtful and addictive stories. Her prose doesnt shout a story at you, its far more subtle than that. Instead youre 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 Vincents final moments after falling off a ship. One of those thoughts is a wish to see her brother. Quickly ...more
Melanie
Dec 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
This sounds like... absolutely everything.

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Carolyn
In Emily St John Mandel's previous much loved novel Station Eleven she wrote about a post-apocalyptic world which had an almost dream-like feel. This novel is centred around a modern day financial calamity but has that same ethereal, other worldly quality. Hotel Caiette, the glass hotel, itself feels disconnected from time and place "an improbable palace lit up against the darkness of the forest" with it's wall of glass looking over the wilderness. Built on a small island off the north coast of ...more
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 couldnt 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 its 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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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 couldnt see where it was heading. It jumped from timeline to timeline and character to character in a seemingly random and disconnected fashion and I couldnt 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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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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Ron Charles
Bad timing: Emily St. John Mandel is releasing a novel in the middle of a pandemic that has shuttered libraries and bookstores across the country.

At least Mandel knows what shes getting into. Her previous novel, Station Eleven, described the world decimated by a deadly virus. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and a finalist for a National Book Award, Station Eleven was terrifically successful when it appeared in 2014, and this month its showing up on everybodys grim coronavirus reading lists.
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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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
"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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Jasmine Guillory
Got in the bathtub at 10pm and opened to the first page of this book; was completely unable to make myself get out of the bathtub until 1:30 am when I turned the last page. Absolutely incredible; I read it a few days ago and have been thinking about it ever since; am furious its not out yet because I want to talk about it with everyone. I adored Station Eleven and was worried I wouldnt love this one as much and if youre also worried about that do not worry! Its very very different than Station ...more
Anna Luce
★★★✰✰ 3 stars

But they were citizens of a shadow country that in his previous life hed only dimly perceived, a country located at the edge of an abyss.


Emily St. John Mandels prose in The Glass Hotel is certainly striking. She deftly weaves realism with a dreamlike atmosphere, while also adding an elegiac touch to otherwise mundane scenes and observations. Occasionally her style seems intentionally opaque, such as when she keeps her characters motivations slightly out of our reach.
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Matthew
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TFW youve been waiting for something for a half dozen years and its within your grasp.

TFW a global crisis renders your excitement for something, anything, everything completely and utterly moot.

TFW you realize even though you always had realized books are precisely the escape one needs to get through such an unprecedented time.

TFW you contact your favorite bookstore, its hours and operations limited due to the aforementioned global crisis, to pre-order just what youd been waiting for and
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Sarah
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-tbr
I am not going to give you either a blurb or a summary of events here.  I think the blurb is super spoilerific so if you can go in blind, please go in blind.  Im going to avoid spoilers here as much as possible.

I wasnt sure what to expect with The Glass Hotel.  I read Station Eleven last year via audiobook and it was one of the few audiobooks that managed to capture my attention for the full eleven hours.  For an untrained audiobook listener, that was a big deal. I was even more amazed that I
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
This novel moves from an obscure hotel on the north coast of Vancouver Island to New York to a container ship off the coast of Mauritius, and is about siblings, the Country of Money, ponzi schemes, ghosts and counterlives for all the regrets in a life. Most readers know this author from Station Eleven and I would say the only similarity is the way the story shifts its focus on a slowly evolving group of characters as the story moves through time. This is only an apocalypse novel if your money ...more
Emma
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
bookswithpaulette
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Station Eleven so was very keen to read The Glass Hotel.

Why dont you swallow broken glass Is the message written on the glass wall of the opulent hotel Caiette. The hotel is in an isolated location north of Vancouver Island, accessed only by boat it offers patrons the seclusion in 5-star luxury. The book isnt centred around the Glass Hotel its the cross over meeting point or connection point for all the characters in the book where we see alternative realities, paths not taken.
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Faith
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This was the Bernie Madoff story fancied up with a hot mistress and ghosts. It held my interest, despite its confusing organization, but ultimately it was pointless.
Zoe
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tragic, imaginative, and atmospheric!

The Glass Hotel is an alluring, character-driven tale that immerses you into the lives of multiple strangers as their worlds quickly unravel, intersect, collide, and are ultimately ruined when a Ponzi scheme catastrophically collapses.

The prose is rich and lyrical. The characters are lonely, complex, and vulnerable. And the plot told from multiple perspectives using flashbacks and alternate realities is a hauntingly sobering tale of tragedy, crime,
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switterbug (Betsey)
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 storys 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 (also ...more
Susan
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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... Editing to add that I listened to the audiobook as well and that it was exactly the right for this strange time were in. Stories and lives on the brink. Loved it. ...more
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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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