Last Night in Montreal

Last Night in Montreal

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"When Lilia Albert was a child, her father appeared on the doorstep of her mother's house and took her away. Now, haunted by an inability to remember much about her early childhood, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and eluding the private detective who has dedicated a career to following close behind. Then comes Eli. When Lilia goes out for a paper and fails to return to their Brooklyn apartment, he follows her to Montreal, not knowing whether he wants to disappear, too, or help her find her way home. But what he discovers is a deeper mystery, one that will set past and present spinning toward collision."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books/Penguin Random House LLC, 2015, c2009.
ISBN: 9781101911952
Call Number: MANDEL
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Self-realization in women -- Fiction.
Amnesia -- Fiction.
Montréal (Québec) -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.


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Jan 09, 2017

I happened to see this book in the stacks and I remembered how much I loved Station Eleven, so I thought I'd give it a try. Quick read, finished in a few days. I love her writing style, it is descriptive and rich but not too flowery. I love the way she takes completely different characters and somehow makes them connect so beautifully. Amazing story teller.

Jul 06, 2015

This is Emily St. John Mandel`s first novel and it is truly brilliant. The way the author plays with time builds tension and suspense as the story unfolds, layer upon layer. She lyrically conveys her profound insights. This is novel that will stay with me. I highly recommend it!

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 10, 2014

St. John Mandel's melancholy debut novel is a suspenseful tale that begins with the abrupt disappearance of twenty-something Lilia from her boyfriend Eli's apartment in Brooklyn. What follows is a compelling story that interweaves the lives of four somewhat dysfunctional characters, all who have been impacted in different ways by a mysterious event early in Lilia’s life. Deftly written with an interesting plot and unusual characters, this fast-paced novel is sure to keep you turning the pages quickly!

Jun 28, 2014

Despite the mix of cultures the prose is beautiful in its perceived simplicity. As the characters lose themselves in the American back-roads and Canadian cafes, Mandel masterfully guides you through the meandering timeline. In the midst of the story I am so caught up in the spellbinding labyrinth of her writing, it was a surprise to reach the end feeling a bit empty, unsure. Giving the author the benefit of the doubt, let's chalk it up to her uncanny ability to project that same sense of loss in her characters.

Mar 02, 2012

Very strange novel about very strange people, all of who have become untethered from the world. Absolutely spellbinding. The author has an amazing way with words. The last sentence will leave you breathless.

Jan 18, 2011

Can this author really be only 30? This was so accomplished, not a word astray. Lilia was abducted by her father when she was 7. They drove and moved from city to city, eating in diners and sleeping in motels, trying not to get caught. As an adult, Lilia doesn't know how to stop leaving places and people. Lovely metaphors about language and traveling and memory. Eli decides to try to find her when she leaves him behind in New York without a word. I read this way too fast--and will have to read it again. It's that good.

Feb 10, 2010

A page turner. I loved the intrigue and mystery. The story is told from a few perspectives and depicts how an event (child abduction) impacts many seemingly unrelated lives.

The bleak description of winter-time Montreal analogizes the feelings of the narrator, Eli.

An interesting ending that I so wanted to be different.

Dec 05, 2009

I was so impressed with the beginning of this book, blown away in fact by a first-time novelist. Deals with a child abduction - the child and father on the run and the private detective tracking them down. Midway through the story I became a little tired of the story line, and the description of Montreal in the dead of winter was so dismal, now I'm extra depressed about the cold weather coming.


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