• A tense, stunningly well-observed novel of a young American on the run, from Lawrence Osborne, "an heir to Graham Greene" (The New York Times Book Review)
“The star of this accomplished novel is Bangkok. Its inhabitants are strangers to themselves, glittering on the horizon of their own lives, moving through a cityscape with more stories than they know.”—Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize–winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Sarah Mullins flees New York for the anonymity of Bangkok, arriving in Thailand on the run with nothing but a suitcase full of stolen cash. Her plan is to hide and plan her next move in the Kingdom, a high-end apartment complex with a glass-fronted façade that offers views of the bustling city and glimpses into the vast honeycomb of lives within.
It's not long before she meets the alluring Mali, a fellow tenant determined to break the quiet American out of her shell, swimming laps in the apartment pool. Sarah is soon invited to Mali's weekly poker nights, where she meets the Kingdom's glamorous circle of ex-pat women, fueled by shots of yadong, good food, and gossip.
Tensions within the gilded compound rise as political chaos erupts on the streets below and attempted uprisings wrack the city. When the violence outside the Kingdom begins to infiltrate the Kingdom in the form of mysterious disappearances, the residents become suspicious of both the world outside their windows and one another. Sarah's safe haven begins to feel like a snare under the constant surveillance of the building's watchful residents.
The Glass Kingdom is a brilliantly unsettling story of civil and psychological unrest, as well as an enthralling study of karma and human greed, from a master of atmosphere and mood.... Read More