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The Glass Hotel

with Emily St. John Mandel
hosted by CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld

The Glass Hotel

with Emily St. John Mandel
hosted by CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
Emily St. John Mandel

CBC’s Lucy van Oldenbarneveld sits down with Emily St. John Mandel, the award-winning author of Station Eleven, to talk about her latest New York Times bestseller, The Glass Hotel.

 

A novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

 

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, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.

 

Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.

 

A limited number of signed books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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