Emily St. John Mandel/Last Night in Montreal (2009)Read about the other entries on the list.
A stunning debut by a young Canadian author. An existential thriller with deep resonance about the way people’s past influences their lives despite their best effort to subvert it. Fathers on the run, lovers on the run, a crisscrossing waltz, past and present, across North America’s desolate roads, with souls on fire and sadness prevailing. To cap it all, a heartbreaking ending that might not have been allowed had the novel not been initially issued by a small press. Mandel has since moved on to larger shores and her fourth novel, Station Eleven, reached the bestseller lists, albeit in a different genre. Her follow-up, The Singer’s Gun, is equally worthy of inclusion in this list.
The Page 69 Test: Last Night in Montreal.
The Page 69 Test: The Singer's Gun.
My Book, The Movie: The Singer’s Gun.