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Making sense out of scandal

Emily St. John Mandel’s much-anticipated new novel, The Glass Hotel, grew out of her fascination with the lives of the wealthy and the mass deception of the Madoff Ponzi scheme
PhotograPhy By landon sPeers

Emily St. John mandEl fEElS likE a tourist in the world of money.

She lives in New York City, home to the largest population of millionaires and, according to one report, 78 billionaires. It’s a city where, with 48-hours notice, you can order a $2,000 pizza covered with platinum Ossetra caviar, truffles, and 24-karat gold leaves.

There are no obvious markers of wealth in Mandel’s Brooklyn neighbourhood, located just south of Park Slope, where the Canadian-born author shares a home with her husband, playwright Kevin Mandel, and daughter. The streets are lined with many beautiful old brick buildings. Some remain single-family homes; others have been chopped into smaller apartments. From the outside, it’s impossible to tell who owns and who rents.

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