The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

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A somewhat limp ending confirms that selfishness is everyone’s default motive here. It’s hard not to feel that Mandel wastes her fluid, elegant writing and taut pacing on this hypocritical, inconsequential crew.
-Toronto Star

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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, and 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 Gavin's 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 a 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 go takes a seriously dangerous turn.

 

About Emily St. John Mandel

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Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. Her first novel, Last Night in Montreal was a June 2009 Indie Next pick and a finalist for Foreword Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Singer's Gun, recently released in paperback, won the Indie Bookseller's Choice Award and was the number-one Indie Next Pick for May 2010. It was also long-listed for The Morning News' 2011 Tournament of Books and the 2011 Spinetingler Awards. She is currently a staff writer for The Millions, and she's had both essays and short fiction recently anthologized.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Jun 23 2012

A somewhat limp ending confirms that selfishness is everyone’s default motive here. It’s hard not to feel that Mandel wastes her fluid, elegant writing and taut pacing on this hypocritical, inconsequential crew.

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