The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Glass Hotel, The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John MandelThe Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Glass Hotel is the type of book that surprises you with where it ends up. The characters are terrific and the weaving of their experiences is deft. The main character, Vincent, is a whip-smart, beautiful, wounded soul. I especially enjoyed reading about her time living in New York in “the kingdom of money.” Besides NYC, this book takes you so many places: Vancouver and islands to the north, trailer parks in the southwest, as well as out to sea. A sub-plot involves a hotel-owning financier and a Ponzi scheme and the detritus he leaves in his wake. Emily St John Mandel combines her stream of characters so fluidly and moves through time in such a fashion, that this book, to me became a lesson in structure. I recommend this book to anyone hoping for themes of identity, loss, morality, and reclamation. The Glass Hotel is a wonderful novel!!

 

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