• Reading the subject line of this novel — a Ponzi scheme collapse and the 2008 financial crisis — I wasn’t sure “The Glass Hotel” was for me. And if I had to recommend a book by Emily St. John Mandel, I would still suggest “Station Eleven,” her excellent 2014 novel that follows a theater troupe as it roams a post-apocalyptic world. Mandel leaves the dystopian world behind in “The Glass Hotel,” but just as in her previous work, the characters and settings have a dreamlike, otherworldly quality, which is a remarkable accomplishment because of the not-so-dreamy subject — financial fraud. The story shifts from the dramatic Hotel Caiette (aka the glass hotel), with its wall of glass and remote wilderness setting, to underground electronica clubs, where drugs flow freely, to the Neptune Cumberland, a large shipping container vessel, to inside a federal prison. It is written a bit like a series vignettes, with thoughtful portraits of…

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