Thursday, February 11, 2021

Eleven fictional hotels for your fictional vacation

Jae-Yeon Yoo is an MA candidate in English at New York University.

At Electric Lit she tagged eleven "novels to immerse yourself in the world of hotels, hospitality work, and bed-making." One title on the list:
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Glass Hotel’s protagonist, Vincent, takes you to the other side of the bar–her story begins as a bartender at a luxury hotel in Vancouver Island. One night, shaken by a message scrawled on the hotel lobby’s glass wall (”Why don’t you swallow broken glass”), Vincent chooses to leave the hotel for the “kingdom of money.” She becomes involved with an international conman, Jonathan Alkaitis, posing as his wife. But when Alkaitis’s schemes collapse, Vincent also disappears. Mandel’s intricate narratives blur the lines between the past and present, living and dead, reality and self-delusion.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue