Last Night in Montreal

by Emily St. John Mandel

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LoveReading Expert Review of Last Night in Montreal

Maxim Jakubowski's April 2015 Book of the Month.

 Following the multi-award nominations of her 4th novel, the subtle post-apocalyptic Station Eleven, Mandel's earlier novels are finally being released in the UK and this, her first, is a poignant masterpiece (the other two, equally worthy of attention are The Singer's Gun and The Lola Quartet). A bleak but enchanting tale of lost souls, fathers and daughters, existential detectives, dancers and drifters set against the emptiness of the American (and Canadian) dream, it's a tale that weaves fragile connections between its characters and parallel stories, not quite a crime investigation -although crimes do take place-, not quite a love story -although love is the engine of the plot. Inevitable sadness, transient joys, most of all this is about the hole inside our souls and it affected me deeply. I might not have have made it sound terribly cheerful but be brave and jump into Mandel's fascinating world.

Maxim Jakubowski

Last Night in Montreal Synopsis

When Lilia Albert was a child, her father appeared on the doorstep of her mother's house and took her away. Now, haunted by an inability to remember much about her early childhood, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and eluding the private detective who has dedicated a career to following close behind. Then comes Eli. When Lilia goes out for a paper and fails to return to their Brooklyn apartment, he follows her to Montreal, not knowing whether he wants to disappear, too, or help her find her way home. But what he discovers is a deeper mystery, one that will set past and present spinning toward collision.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780735206519
Publication date: 1st March 2016
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Publisher: Books on Tape Books on Tape
Format: Ebook
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Emily St. John Mandel Press Reviews

'Mandel is an exuberant storyteller' New York Times


'Finely wrought ... What we're made to ponder is the mystery of human connection: how it is born, how it fades and dies and revives, how love defines us or leaves us undone' Globe and Mail


'Taut, gripping ... elegantly compelling Booklist Mandel has a beautiful writing style' Independent on Sunday


'Mandel tells an utterly absorbing story, pulling readers down the rabbit hole and keeping them racing through its long, strange warrens. The writing is vibrant, and Lilia is a vivid and haunting character ... Last Night in Montreal is an exciting debut: a thriller, a love story, and a quiet ballad about life's fleeting connections' Quill & Quire


'Highly recommended for all contemporary fiction collections' Library Journal

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ISBN: 9780735206519
Publication date: 01/03/2016
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ISBN: 9781447280026
Publication date: 12/03/2015
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About Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel was born in Canada and studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She is the author of the novels Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, The Lola Quartet and Station Eleven and is a staff writer for The Millions. She is married and lives in New York.   Author photo © Dese'Rae L. Stage

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