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The Glass Hotel

by Emily St. John Mandel

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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
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    Mar 2020, 320 pages
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    Feb 2021, 320 pages

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A young woman from rural British Columbia meets a crooked Wall Street financial executive and becomes entangled in an opulent lifestyle—until it all comes crashing down.

Vincent—a young woman named for American poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay—is working as a bartender in a hotel on a remote island in British Columbia, when one day a message is scrawled across the hotel window that reads: "Why don't you swallow broken glass." This sets off the unexpected chain of events that are chronicled by Emily St. John Mandel in her highly anticipated novel The Glass Hotel, which follows Vincent from rural Canada to Wall Street as she becomes involved with a high-level financial executive, whose successful business is revealed to be fronting a Ponzi scheme. This is the first novel that Mandel has published since the release of the wildly successful Station Eleven in 2014.

This novel will likely be approached with trepidation by fans of Station Eleven, fearing that Mandel won't rise up to the high bar she has set for herself. But there'...

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