Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday.
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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?