Named by the National Book Award committee as one of the Best 5-Under-35, Josh Weil has already dazzled with a debut collection of stories. Now comes his first novel, a unique alternate history set in Russia. Twins Yarik and Dima have always been proud farmers and hard workers. First on their uncle’s farm after their father passed, and now at the Oranzheria, a greenhouse of epic proportions, lit day and night by space mirrors. But the brothers’ bond may not be strong enough last in the grueling atmosphere of The Great Glass Sea. When Yarik begins to achieve promotion after promotion, Dima falls in with those who want to break the shackles of their employment and revolt. Conspiracies and betrayals abound, and for such a large novel, Weil expertly weaves a variety of fine threads into an astonishing story. “Josh Weil writes away from all the official channels, and yet he writes about exactly where we are now. His vision is sustained by proper instinct and intelligent observation. He is certainly among the most gifted writers of his generation.” — Colum McCann.