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Last Night in Montreal
Last Night in Montreal | Emily St. John Mandel
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 shes 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. Mandels characters will resonate with you long after the final page is turned.
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join in if you want!

#ABookADay2023

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CallMeIshmael
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I absolutely love every book she has written that i have read so far. I think it‘s because she writes characters who embrace loneliness and enjoy the subtle life. I love being alone and I love books with the ambiance of quiet introversion.

Sapphire That is a good summary of her perspective! 2mo
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Deblovestoread
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#tbrtarot. I fudged a little on my book choice as my shop sticker is on the back. From a very young age Lilia‘s life is one of movement from place to place, identity to identity, until one day it isn‘t anymore. Do you know who you are when you haven‘t put down roots, whether roots are a place or a past or on going relationships? I‘m not sure I got answers but I was interested in the journey.

CBee Yay! I‘m super flexible with sticker placement , so you‘re good 😊😊 2mo
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Deblovestoread
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I‘ve been wanting to explore Emily St John Mandel‘s backlist and the tagged book was a good start. 4 🌟

I‘m loving Me on audio and I finished up the JA mystery plus I‘m caught up on my buddy reads. Love having a day that is mostly reading. #NovelNovember

LeeRHarry Same re ESJM - I‘ve just finished Sea of Tranquillity and was reminded how much I like their writing. 😊 2mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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Deblovestoread
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“No one stays forever”

#TBRTarot #November. The tagged book has a Powell‘s price sticker on the back.

#FirstLineFridays

CBee Awesome!! 😊😊 3mo
MommyOfTwo This is how the game starts 3mo
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Cinfhen
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You can see in ESJM‘s debut novel that the author clearly has a gift with word and plot manipulation. While I didn‘t really care for the characters, I was still immersed in each character‘s journey and wanted to understand how and why their paths cross. Lilia is a free spirit always on the move, Michaela only dreams about leaving but each girl is haunted and each holds a secret that threatens their quiet existence. 👇🏼

Cinfhen I‘m glad this wasn‘t my first experience reading ESJM because I may not have been so quick to pick up Station Eleven and then her other novels. This was good , not great and you can see how ESJM has honed her skills. Thank you sweet @BarbaraBB for gifting me this book. Thinking of you during this difficult time xxx 8mo
TrishB I have this one on my kindle 👍🏻 8mo
BarbaraBB Thank you my dear friend ❤️ 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Starting this book that @BarbaraBB gifted me 💗 happy that my mani is still holding up 😁

RaeLovesToRead I want this book!! 🥰 Great nails! 💅🏳️‍🌈 8mo
AmyG Curious how this is. And your nails..or nail. 🙌🏻 (edited) 8mo
BarbaraBB Love the mani! Good you took the time for some self care 🤍 8mo
Megabooks Love your nails!! 8mo
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Hooked_on_books
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LNIM rotates around Lilia, a somewhat mysterious young woman, and a few people in her orbit. We gradually learn her story and the motivations of those around her. This is largely a character study, though plenty happens. It‘s a fairly quiet book and I enjoyed it.

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rwmg
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Lilia disappears from Eli's life. We follow his search and explore her past, always moving from place to place so as not to be found.

Although I pretty much worked out what had happened to Lilia long before the big reveal (if not the exact details), it was still an interesting read watching the different timelines and characters come together, though I think my abiding impression is going to be how cold Montreal is.

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No one stays forever. On the morning of her disappearance Lilia woke early, and lay still for a moment in the bed.

#FirstLineFridays
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ShyBookOwl Hey, I'm from there! Lol Sounds interesting 12mo
rwmg @ShyBookOwl The scene has just shifted to Montreal on page 70. 12mo
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rwmg
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There is a word in the Dakota language, genderspecific and untranslatable, that expresses the specific loneliness of mothers whose children are absent.

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Is this true and if so, what is it?

tpixie I wonder… 12mo
Sophronisba There is a Dakota dictionary online but I haven't been able to find such a word: https://dictionary.swodli.com/ 12mo
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BookLineNSinker
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Another St. James Mandel I'm so excited to read!

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LaLou
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Sometimes, when I am reading a book of hers, it feels as if I am reading weird, captivating, mysterious poetry….

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TrishB
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#first (last) #oppositeday
Had 13 books on my kindle with last in the title, these are some of them

TheKidUpstairs ❤📚 I've never read the tagged, and I love her books! Stacked 😄 2y
TrishB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I haven‘t got to that one either! 2y
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"Last Night in Montreal" is an intriguing story and decently paced. Not quite a mystery, more of character development with elements of suspense. Mandel is a gifted storyteller and an exceptional writer, and here, the perspective-switching narrative worked well. However, some of the characters felt monotonous, and the protagonist was inscrutable, not relatable, nor likable.

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Nothing like a library haul to brighten my day!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Especially if you can get a card catalog in the background! Great stack! 📚 2y
Thousand-Lives @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Thanks! I adore card catalogs (I‘m certain I‘m not alone in this among Littens!) 😁 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Thousand-Lives, they are gorgeous! 2y
Megabooks The paradise series is really fun! 2y
Thousand-Lives @Megabooks I‘m glad to hear that! I‘ve just discovered Elin Hilderbrand and am enjoying the escape factor of her books. (edited) 2y
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mom2bugnbee
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I... um.... I... Wow.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Gorgeous, crazy, disturbing, beautiful... Wow.

⭐⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

sprainedbrain Well then. Stacked. 2y
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sillysoph
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Funny, you can learn more about yourself through fictional characters.

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Soubhiville
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Lilia has been moving all her life. When she was 7 her father picked her up from her mother‘s house, and since then she‘s never spent more than a few weeks in one place.

Mandel does character and emotions really well. I was anxious as Lilia got ready to leave each place, as she runs away from her demons, even as she‘s not sure what they are exactly.

There are several other important characters, and each is tragic in their own way.

VeganCleopatra I like your pillow! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Soubhiville @VeganCleopatra thanks! It was a gift from @AmyG 😁 2y
AmyG 😘 2y
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swishandflick
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The plot isn't quite perfect but Emily St. John Mandel is such a masterful storyteller that I didn't really care. Her words completely suck me in. I've read Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel, and now this, her debut. I'm already on the library waitlist for the rest of her backlist 👏🏽

PS: I've finally started getting books out of boxes and back on bookshelves in the new apartment! Yay!

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Tracyantoon
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Everyone (but me) has read Station Eleven. I was wary about starting with her debut instead but I needn‘t have worried. I was transported inside this book every time I opened it. Just astounding what she does with words. I loved her style and will never do it justice in my bumbling review. It was beautiful and haunting and suspenseful yet agonizingly slow paced which added to the tension. I loved it. So. Much.

BookwormM I haven‘t read it either do have it on my Kindle 3y
ThePageantHam Ooh glad to hear! I loved Station Eleven so much, and I'm always worried the other novels by the same author will be a disappointment. 3y
TerriGreen Love this! I have The Singer‘s Gun by her checked out from the library. 💜What are you waiting for...go read Station Eleven! 3y
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mklong
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This one took a few unbelievable turns that put me off a bit, but man, can Emily St. John Mandel tell an engaging story. Can‘t wait to dive into her latest now!

Kammbia1 I really liked Station Eleven. I will have to check this one out! 3y
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ClairesReads
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A menacing, tense, slow burn, Mandel's writing, as always, demands her reader to engage, and take notice. Yes, there are some twists of plot less credible than others, there are some untidy turns of phrase. I was prepared to forgive these because Mandel's 1st novel really captured the essence of what it is to feel lost and listless, unrooted and unknown, to not know one's self and perpetually failing to find one's self but not for want of trying.

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Julz422
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This book had a lot of potential and picked up at the end but it took a long time for me to get invested and then it was over 🤷‍♀️

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ClairesReads
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Book club bonus reads #indiebuddyreads

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Julz422
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It‘s been a crazy couple of weeks. Grateful for a quiet Saturday AM...🙏

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Redwritinghood
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In anticipation of her upcoming new release, I went back and read her debut novel. The writing is fantastic, but the structure and characters in this book left me cold. I often had trouble understanding some of the characters‘ motivations, and the thinking of all the characters seemed not quite mature. 3⭐️ #indiebuddyreads

DakotaWilde Those nails though!!!!!! They look so amazing on you 😍😍😍😍 3y
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Julz422
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New book who dis?

Owlizabeth Ooh, let me know what you think of it, I‘ve had it sitting on my shelf forever! 3y
Julz422 @Owlizabeth will do! 3y
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TrishB
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#becausethenight #marchintothe70s
Some night titles off my kindle.
I will probably use the tagged one for #night-orientedtitle for #booked2019 but I have a few choices as I‘ve only read two of these!

JennyM You have quite the selection there, Trish! Choices, choices 😊 4y
TrishB @JennyM I know - and these are just off my kindle! I know I have a few physical ones with night in the title too. I will not buy one specially.....I will not, I will not!! 4y
Velvetfur Wow, so many nights in your books! 😂 4y
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JennyM @TrishB lol...😂 Hope you‘ve had a good weekend back home. Your Monday will look a bit different to this one just gone 🏝 4y
Cathythoughts I love night in a title 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
TrishB @JennyM I am readying myself to read the rest of my emails!! 4y
Cinfhen Nice, a public service announcement for #Booked2019 🥳🥳🥳 4y
gradcat Wow! What a lot of night-oriented titles you have there! 😂 4y
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Libby1
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Hello from Romania! ??

This was NOT my favourite book. I plan to leave it behind in the café.

Horrible, selfish characters. Depressing. All kinds of trigger warnings. I‘m giving it 3 stars because sometimes the writing was pretty, but otherwise it wasn‘t for me.

JennyM Have fun in Romania! 4y
TrishB I just decided on this one for one of my challenges......may now have to rethink!! 4y
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bethjustbeth
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About 40 pages left- so hooked! A beautifully written book, amazing the way the different stories are intwined.

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“She moved over the surface of life the way figure skaters move, fast and choreographed, but she never broke through the ice, she never pierced the surface and descended into those awful waters, she was never submerged and she never learned to swim in those currents,these currents; all the shadows and light and splendorous horrors that make up the riptides of life on earth.”

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krismlars
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For reasons I'm not sure of, 'defenestration' is my favorite word. And a book has been defenestrated!

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krismlars
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My reading companion😻

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whimsy
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Looking it up on wiki, I see it's Mandel's debut novel so it's understandable why it's not reached the finesse of Station Eleven and it feels cluttered. It's a bit of a tiring read and I feel the revelation was not...revelatory? BUT I'm not wholly unenticed, because it is a book of road trips and traveling and a woman who always leaves and those were interesting enough to see through the end. This one showed Mandel's promise as a storyteller.

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Have you subscribed to the Reading Women Newsletter? This week we have two book reviews, news, and recs from our backlist. STATION ELEVEN took the world by storm when it was released, which made me want to go back and read her other books. LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL was just as good. Has anyone else read it?

Suet624 No. But now I will. 5y
AmyG @Suet624 Ha...me, too. 5y
thereadingwomen @Suet624 @AmyG It‘s very good. At least on par with Station Eleven, but not dystopian. - A 5y
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sbains1980 @thereadingwomen currently listening to The Lola Quartet on audio by her.....😊 5y
CortneyAlexandraLee No, but I want to now! 5y
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TrishB
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#becausethenight #rocktober
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
Lots of books with night in the title on my kindle...of which I haven't as yet read any 😔

Andrew65 The Shetlands Series ❤️ 5y
TrishB @Andrew65 not started the series yet! Have first 3 on my kindle. 5y
Andrew65 @TrishB As you can tell I love that series, but generally love mystery series set on Scottish Islands. I think this is Ann Cleeves best work. 5y
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TrishB @Andrew65 I started the Vera series first so may see that one out and then start this one! 5y
Andrew65 @TrishB You have a treat ahead. 😊 5y
TrishB @Andrew65 always good to know 😀 5y
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Suelizbeth
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Because I loved Station Eleven and because she has a new book coming out in 2019, The Glass Hotel, I wanted to read her earlier novels. I hope I'm giving myself enough time, funny-not-funny.

TrishB I' ve got a couple on my kindle. Just haven't got to them yet! Same old story.... 5y
Suet624 I didn't realize she'd written so many. 5y
Suelizbeth @Suet624 I didn't, either! So glad I found these. 5y
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Weave
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40 ~ Last Night in Montreal by Emily St.John Mandel (Kindle edition📱) ~ Started: 18.04.17 ~ Finished: 20.04.17
Rating: 4/5📚

This is the third book I have read by Emily St.John Mandel and I enjoyed it. The story is well written, I found it to be a emotional story and it was told beautifully.

Recommended.

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moarbookspleaze
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I really enjoyed this story. It had a mystery feel to it. Would recommend.

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moarbookspleaze
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Ready to relax.

MrBook 😻😻 6y
merelybookish Nice! 6y
Alfoster I'm in! Ok, sorry that sounded creepy!😱 Enjoy (alone)! 6y
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cathysaid I look forward to seeing your review about this book! 6y
moarbookspleaze @cathysaid I'm really enjoying it! 6y
Abby-J Where did you get your little bath table? I'm so jealous. 6y
coastalreader Perfection! 6y
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moarbookspleaze
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Finally reading.

Suet624 How is it? 6y
moarbookspleaze @Suet624 I am really enjoying it so far. 6y
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autumnprivett
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I loved this one at least as much as I loved STATION ELEVEN. It's the story of a girl who was abducted by her father as a seven year old. She doesn't know why her father took her, but the consequences follow her to adulthood. It's part thriller, part mystery, and a generally brilliant read. I adore her writing. It makes me want to write a book.

8little_paws Oh cool! I bought this last year on the strength of the author's name alone 6y
Suet624 For some reason I didn't realize she had written other books. 6y
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Suet624 @autumnprivett thanks!!! 6y
Shawna I adored Station Eleven, I will definitely check out the rest of her work! 6y
Blaire Oh I loved station eleven!! Looking forward to this. Great review. 6y
ApoptyGina69 Super! I, too, loved Station Eleven. Haven't had a chance to check out her other work, but now I will. Thanks for the review! 6y
autumnprivett @ApoptyGina69 @Blaire @Shawna I think it's just as good as Station Eleven. Hope you enjoy it! I want to read her other novels now. 6y
LLColbeck I just started listening to Station Eleven today! 6y
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MaureenMc
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My third Mandel book, and it did not disappoint. The story is compelling, and it's certainly page-turnery, with beautiful, almost lyrical writing. I feel like this book doesn't get enough attention since Station Eleven. Hoping others pick this one up, too!

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Kats
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Not sure where this tale of a lost childhood is going but I enjoy listening.

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Christine89
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"She wrote fast and scrawling over the text on the page, I am not missing. Stop searching for me. I want to stay with my father. Stop searching for me. Leave me alone."

georgie Whoa. I'm intrigued. 7y
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Station Eleven is my favorite book I've read in the last couple of years. Had to pick up another one by Mandel.

autumnprivett Eager to hear how it is! 7y
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SprigsandSpices
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Anything by Emily St. John Mandel gets auto heart eyes. 😍

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