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Mailbox Monday – January 2, 2012

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday.

This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books. Check out Alyce’s blog today to get links to other readers’ mailboxes.

Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar.

Here is what came into my home this week:

Caitlin with Unbridled Books sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Emily St. John Mandel’s newest novel, The Lola Quartet (due for release May 2012). It is no secret that I have loved Mandel’s previous work: Last Night in Montreal (read my review) and The Singer’s Gun (read my review). In her latest effort, Gavin Sasaki is a promising young journalist in New York City who is fired following a series of lapses in his work. The last thing Gavin wants to do is return to his hometown of Sebastian, Florida, but when his sister Eilo offers him a job, he accepts.  Gavin sees a photo of a ten-year old girl, possibly homeless and in trouble. She looks like Gavin and has the same last name a his high school girlfriend, so Gavin begins his own private investigation. Mandel raises “questions of identity, the surprising pull of family, the difficulties of being the person one wants to be, guilt, and the unforeseen ways in which a small and innocent action can have disastrous consequences” in her third novel. The Lola Quartet is getting stunning early reviews by booksellers who call the novel “satisfying,”vibrant,” and “taut.”

Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. Her first novel, Last Night in Montreal, was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s 2009 Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Singer’s Gun, recently released in paperback, won the Indie Bookseller’s Choice Award and was the #1 Indie Next Pick for May 2010. Currently a staff writer for The Millions, she is married and lives in Brooklyn. Learn more about Mandel and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any fabulous books arrive at YOUR home this week?


  1. January 1, 2012    

    This sounds an intriguing read! enjoy.

  2. January 2, 2012    

    Oh, I bet that’s a good one. I hope you love it!

  3. January 2, 2012    

    The Lola Quartet sounds really good!

  4. January 2, 2012    
  5. January 2, 2012    

    The investigation into the child’s parentage sounds like it would be interesting. I haven’t read any of her books, but I’ve heard good things.

  6. January 2, 2012    

    I loved Last Night in Montreal, and have a copy of The Singer’s Gun, so this book is of real interest to me. I hope that you really love it and that I get the chance to read it soon as well!

  7. January 2, 2012    

    Happy Reading!

  8. January 2, 2012    

    I have not read any of this author’s books. This book sounds very good though so I think she may have to be put on my list of authors to check out. Thanks for the recommending her!

  9. Kim Kim
    January 2, 2012    

    The Lola Quartet sounds promising. Enjoy!

  10. January 2, 2012    

    I’ve not read any of this author’s books and this sounds interesting. Adding her name to my wishlist!

  11. January 6, 2012    

    This one sounds very interesting. The possibility of having a daughter out there that you never knew about is enough on its own to pique my interest! Enjoy the read!

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