Last Night in Montreal

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Unbridled Books, Jun 7, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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 world—charged with an atmosphere of mystery, promise and foreboding—where 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.

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User Review  - voracious - LibraryThing

When the story opens, we meet Eli, a graduate student in dead languages, who is living with his highly gifted and unpredictable girlfriend, Lila, who unexpectedly abandons Eli and their seemingly ... Read full review

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How can we find direction in life when all we do is travel? If all we do is think about life, how can we find the courage to actually live it? These are some of the questions this book asks. An ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, in 1979. She studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. She lives in Brooklyn.

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