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Gavin Sasaki was a promising young journalist in New York City until the day he was fired for plagiarism. The last thing he wants is to sell foreclosed real estate for his sister Eilo’s company in their Florida hometown, but he’s in no position to refuse her job offer. Plus, there’s another reason to go home: Eilo recently met a ten-year-old girl who looks very much like Gavin and has the same last name as his high-school girlfriend, Anna, who ...
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The Lola Quartet

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Overview

Gavin Sasaki was a promising young journalist in New York City until the day he was fired for plagiarism. The last thing he wants is to sell foreclosed real estate for his sister Eilo’s company in their Florida hometown, but he’s in no position to refuse her job offer. Plus, there’s another reason to go home: Eilo recently met a ten-year-old girl who looks very much like Gavin and has the same last name as his high-school girlfriend, Anna, who left town abruptly after graduation.

Determined to find out if this little girl might be his daughter, Gavin sets off to track down Anna, starting with the three friends they shared back when he was part of a jazz group called “The Lola Quartet.” As Gavin pieces together their stories, he learns that Anna has been on the run for good reason, and soon his investigation into her sudden disappearance all those years ago takes a seriously dangerous turn.
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“[An] ingeniously constructed literary thriller.”— Minneapolis Star Tribune 
 
 “[An] elegant, hypnotic novel. . . . An elegy for lost—and perhaps only imagined—innocence.” —The Washington Post
 
“Compelling. . . . Perhaps all novelists can be said to wrestle with morality; Mandel seems to wrestle with it at greater length and in greater depth than most. . . . First-rate fiction.” —Dallas Morning News
 
“A novel noir that wears its influences proudly on the beige sleeve of its trench coat…. Delightful.” —Paste

“Trumpets [Mandel’s] talents: her charismatic verbal grace and acuity, the rich atmosphere she creates.” —The Boston Globe
 
“Emily St. John Mandel is astonishing.” —Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers
 
“[Mandel] is a stunningly beautiful writer whose complex, flawed, and well-drawn characters linger with you.” —Sarah McCarry, Tor.com
 
“Fascinating.” —Booklist
 
“Riveting. . . . Evocative, intriguing, and complex, this novel is as smooth as the underbelly of a deadly, furtive reptile.” —Library Journal (starred review)
 
“A rewarding read.”  —Foreword magazine
 
“Result[s] in both sophistication and suspense.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“[Mandel’s] writing is pure elegance.” —Patrick DeWitt, author of Sisters Brothers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609530808
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 130,650
  • File size: 987 KB

Meet the Author

Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. Her most recent novel, Station Eleven, was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Her previous novels were Last Night in MontrealThe Singer’s Gun, and The Lola Quartet. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013and Venice Noir. She lives in New York City with her husband.
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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    I really enjoyed Emily St. John's first book, Last Night in Mont

    I really enjoyed Emily St. John's first book, Last Night in Montreal, and her second, The Signer's Gun, was just okay. This third novel is somewhere between the two.

    The first thing I noticed was that like her first book, this was again about a mysterious girl and a man out to find her. Oh how I love stories like this! I just can't get enough of guys tortured by the girl that got away. The pain of wanting and having loved these women is completely romantic. The second thing I noticed is Emily's signature calm and poetic writing. Her sentences always seem to lure me into a sense of peacefulness, even with tense scenes. Reading her work is very comfortable!

    The book is divided into three parts, and where the first part caught my full attention, the middle began to lose me a bit. I was still interested in the fate of the characters I was reading about (especially Gavin and Anna) but I think too many other characters were the focus of the second section and didn't appeal to me. The ending was both rewarding and shocking. I wished the climax had actually happened earlier in the book, so that we could watch the characters move forward with their lives afterward longer than we did. In this case, that was the more intriguing element for me.

    Emily St. John is proving herself to be a master of writing about people pushed to the brink by desperation. I look forward to seeing what she has for us next.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    If you like mysteries, detective novels, or a splash of noir, th

    If you like mysteries, detective novels, or a splash of noir, then this book should definitely be on your list. Mandel doesn’t write this novel with linear thinking. She jumps back and forth between past and present, allowing you to understand each character, their drives, and their decisions. This makes everyone involved come alive and you feel for them, whether you want to or not. Mandel takes Gavin, as well as the other characters, through a difficult journey that will have you questioning your own decisions and make you wonder the ultimate question: what would you do?

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