If You’re Waiting for “The Glass Hotel,” Try These Other Books

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“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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The Comedown

A drug dealer and an addict’s lives intersect, a large amount of money goes missing and generations of the two families’ stories are told in this kaleidoscopic novel. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla. 

The Imperfectionists 

As an English-language newspaper slowly struggles to survive in Rome, the people that make up its staff and executives look back on how it has affected their lives while trying to imagine new futures. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

The Incendiaries

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.

Paradise City

A multimillionaire with a disappeared daughter, a reporter looking for a father figure, an Ugandan maid fleeing persecution for homosexuality and a nosy neighbor find their lives colliding in contemporary London. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Red at the Bone

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.