Last Night in Montreal

Last Night in Montreal

By Emily St John Mandel

Unbridled Books, Paperback, 9781936071609, 247pp.

Publication Date: June 2010

Lilia Albert has been leaving people behind for her entire life. She spends her childhood and adolescence traveling constantly and changing identities. In adulthood, she finds it impossible to stop. Haunted by an inability to remember her early childhood, she moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers along with way, possibly still followed by a private detective who has pursued her for years. Then her latest lover follows her from New York to Montreal, determined to learn her secrets and make sure she's safe. Last Night in Montreal is a story of love, amnesia, compulsive travel, the depths and the limits of family bonds, and the nature of obsession.
In this extraordinary debut, Emily St. John Mandel casts a powerful spell that captures the reader in a gritty, youthful worldcharged with an atmosphere of mystery, promise and forebodingwhere small revelations continuously change our understanding of the truth and lead to desperate consequences. Mandel's characters will resonate with you long after the final page is turned.

About the Author
Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia. She studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York.

Her previous novels are The Lola Quartet, which was the #1 Indie Next pick for May 2012; Last Night in Montreal (a June 2009 Indie Next pick and a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year); and The Singer's Gun (winner of an Indie Bookseller's Choice Award, #1 Indie Next pick for May 2010, long-listed for both The Morning News' 2011 Tournament of Books and the 2011 Spinetingler Awards.)

She is a staff writer for The Millions. Her essays and short stories have been included in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is married and lives in Brooklyn.

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