“The Glass Hotel,” Emily St. John Mandel’s newest book, is a story about several people linked by a hotel in remote British Columbia, a huge Ponzi scheme brought down by the economic crisis of 2008 and obsessions with the ocean – among other things.
As the novel cuts forward and backward in time, each character, fully realized, grapples with the ways their conception of self intersects with the realities of their actions, and how guilt from moral failure affects their mental state and life trajectory. It’s a story of great wealth and poverty, ghosts of the living and the dead, of kindness in the wake of selfishness.
Because of the reputation of her 2015 novel “Station Eleven,” this new book is in high demand, with wait lists on the eBook, eAudio and print copies. It’s worth the wait, but there are similar books you can check out in the meantime to satisfy your craving for atmospheric stories told from multiple perspectives about the intersecting lives of flawed individuals.
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Will wants to escape his fundamentalist past and Phoebe is being taken into a cult connected to her Korean-American family. They are trying to figure out if their relationship can survive this when an act of terror occurs and Phoebe disappears. Will sets out to discover what the connection could be. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.
Melody’s daughter’s coming-of-age party leads her to think back to her own (planned but never held) ceremony, derailed by her pregnancy. The history of her family in Brooklyn unfolds from the focus point of this moment. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.
A teenager disappears from the Brooklyn waterfront, her friend survives their tragic rafting journey. The ripples of this mystery touch a bodega owner, a teacher and other neighborhood residents. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby, as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.
Victor returns home on the day of the WTO protests in Seattle and goes there to sell weed, despite his father being the chief of police. Many different voices narrate the events of the day as the protests turn more violent. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.