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Emily St. John Mandel (; born 1979) is a Canadian novelist and essayist. She has written six novels, including Station Eleven (2014), The Glass Hotel (2020), and Sea of Tranquility (2022). Station Eleven, which has been translated into 33 languages, has been adapted into a limited series on HBO Max. The Glass Hotel was translated into twenty languages and was selected by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of 2020. Sea of Tranquility was published in April 2022 and debuted at number three on The New York Times Best Seller list. Early life Mandel was born in spring 1979 in Merville, British Columbia, Canada. Her Canadian mother is a social worker and her American father is a plumber. St. John, her grandmother's surname, is her middle name.When she was ten years old, she moved with her parents and four siblings to Denman Island, which is 20 miles (32 km) south of Merville near Union Bay. She was home-schooled there until the age of fifteen, during which time she began keeping a daily diary. She left high school when she was eighteen to study contemporary dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.She worked with independent choreographers. She was also administrative assistant at a Manhattan law firm and helped with grants at the Anderson Center for Cancer Research at Rockefeller University. Career In 2002, Mandel began writing her first novel, Last Night in Montreal, while living in Montreal. She is a staff writer for The Millions, an online magazine. In 2012, she used the Goodreads database to write an article for The Millions, analyzing statistics relating to novels with titles in "The ___'s Daughter" pattern. In 2016, she wrote a subsequent article, analyzing statistics relating to novels that included the word "girl" in the title. One of her findings was that the girl of the title is "significantly more likely to end up dead" if the author of the book is male. Novels Mandel's first three novels are Last Night in Montreal (2009), The Singer's Gun (2009), and The Lola Quartet (2012). Unbridled Books published all three novels.Last Night in Montreal, follows a young woman with a secret who cannot seem to settle in one city. When she is pursued by a private detective and a former lover, she is forced to come to terms with her own past and the secrets that haunt a childhood she cannot remember.The Singer's Gun tells the story of Anton Waker, who grew up surrounded by corruption, but has now decided to live a more honourable life. His life unravels when his cousin blackmails him into doing one last job. As a result, his forged Harvard diploma is revealed, and his secretary disappears. Anton must choose between his loyalty to his family and his desire to live life with integrity.The Lola Quartet is a literary noir novel that takes place in Florida following the 2008 economic collapse. Gavin, a recently fired journalist and former jazz musician, is contacted by his sister who believes she has discovered a daughter he never knew he had. Jobless, Gavin returns to his hometown and begins searching for his unknown child and the supposed mother—his high school girlfriend. Station Eleven Mandel's fourth novel, Station Eleven (2014), is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the near future in a world ravaged by the effects of a virus and follows a troupe of Shakespearean actors who travel from town to town around the Great Lakes region. It was nominated for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, and won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. A film adaptation of the novel was developed by producer Scott Steindorff. The resulting ten-episode limited mini-series on HBO Max, Station Eleven, premiered on December 16, 2021.Station Eleven was selected for the 2023 edition of Canada Reads, where it was championed by Michael Greyeyes. The Glass Hotel Her fifth novel, a mystery thriller titled The Glass Hotel, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2020 and was recommended by Barack Obama when he released a list of his favourite books from 2020. In August 2019, NBCUniversal International Studios acquired the rights to The Glass Hotel for a television series adaptation, with producer Lark Productions. Mandel is writing the screenplay. Sea of Tranquility Mandel's sixth novel, Sea of Tranquility, was published in 2022. It is a work of speculative fiction and explores questions pertaining to time travel and the simulation hypothesis. It debuted at number 3 on The New York Times Best Seller list for "Combined Print & E-Book Fiction," and number 2 for "Hardcover Fiction." Barack Obama included the novel on his list of favourite books from 2022. Personal life After studying dance, Mandel lived in Toronto and Montreal before relocating to New York City. She married Kevin Mandel, a writer and executive recruiter, with whom she has a daughter. They divorced in 2022.As of 2022, she lives in Brooklyn, New York and has a girlfriend. Publications Novels Last Night in Montreal, Unbridled Books (2009) ISBN 978-1932961683 The Singer's Gun, Unbridled Books (2010) ISBN 978-1936071647 The Lola Quartet, Unbridled Books (2012) ISBN 978-1936071647 Station Eleven, Knopf (2014) ISBN 978-0385353304 The Glass Hotel, Knopf (2020) ISBN 978-0-525-52114-3 Sea of Tranquility, Knopf, (2022) ISBN 978-1-529-08349-1Short stories "The Chameleon Machine" in The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of the Book. Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee, editors (2011) ISBN 978-1593764043 "Drifter" in Venice Noir. Maxim Jakubowski, ed. Akashic (2012) ISBN 978-1617750731 "Drifter" in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Lisa Scottoline, editor. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013) ISBN 0544319532 "Long Trains Leaving" in Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, Sari Botton, editor. Seal Press (2013) ISBN 978-1580054942 "The Violinist" in Imaginary Oklahoma. Jeff Martin, editor. This Land Press (2013) ISBN 978-1480036291 "Mr. Thursday" in Slate (March 16, 2017). reprinted in Out of the Ruins. Preston Grassmann, editor. Titan Books (2021) ISBN 978-1-78909-739-9Essays "Emilie" in The Millions (April 19, 2010) "Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains" in The Millions (October 25, 2010) "On Bad Reviews" in The Millions (February 7, 2011) "The Second Life of Irmgard Keun" in The Millions (February 7, 2011) "Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française, and The Mirador" in The Millions (September 2, 2011) "The ___'s Daughter" in The Millions (March 28, 2012) "Eating Dirt: On Charlotte Gill and the Life of the Treeplanter" in The Millions (September 6, 2012) "Susanna Moore, Cheryl Strayed, and the Place Where the Writers Work" in The Millions (October 4, 2012) "Strange Long Dream: Justin Cronin's The Twelve" in The Millions (October 15, 2012) "Drinking at the End of the World: Lars Iver's Exodus" in The Millions (February 22, 2013) "I Await the Devil's Friend Request: On Social Media and Mary MacLane" in The Millio.... Discover the Emily St John Mandel popular books. 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  • Last Night in Montreal synopsis, comments

    Last Night in Montreal

    Emily St. John Mandel

    From the bestselling author of Station Eleven and Sea of Tranquilitywhen Lilia Albert was a child, her father appeared on the doorstep of her mother's house and took her away. Now,...

  • Private Rites synopsis, comments

    Private Rites

    Julia Armfield

    From the awardwinning author of Our Wives Under the Sea, a speculative reimagining of King Lear, centering three sisters navigating queer love and loss in a drowning worldIt’s been...

  • Cold People synopsis, comments

    Cold People

    Tom Rob Smith

    “A zany, wildly gripping, dark futuristic fantasy.” Vogue, Most Anticipated Books of the Year “Fascinating…a propulsive ride…through a wellbuilt world.” The Christian Science Mon...

  • The Many Daughters of Afong Moy synopsis, comments

    The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

    Jamie Ford

    AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick The New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a pow...

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    Sea of Tranquility

    Emily St. John Mandel

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The awardwinning, bestselling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time travel, love, and plague that takes the read...

  • Tell Me an Ending synopsis, comments

    Tell Me an Ending

    Jo Harkin

    Named a Best Science Fiction Book of 2022 by The New York Times“Sharply, beautifully written.” The New York Times Book Review “Intriguing, frightening, witty, and humane.” The Wall...

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    Naomi Foyle

    Island is a Gaian paradise in the middle of a blasted world but its success comes at a dark price.Like every child in IsLand, all Astra Ordott has ever wanted is to get her Securi...

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    Hold Back the Stars

    Katie Khan

    Booklist raves, “Taking ‘starcrossed’ to a new level...[and] cinematically styled...Hold Back the Stars is a tale of first love that will appeal to fans of David Nicholls’s One Day...

  • The Lightest Object in the Universe synopsis, comments

    The Lightest Object in the Universe

    Kimi Eisele

    A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection An Indie Next Pick An Indies Introduce Selection  One of Reader’s Digest’s Best Summer Books of 2019   One of...

  • The Glass Hotel synopsis, comments

    The Glass Hotel

    Emily St. John Mandel

    INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER From the bestselling author of Station Eleven and Sea of Tranquility, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate ...

  • The Language of Dying synopsis, comments

    The Language of Dying

    Sarah Pinborough

    From the Number One bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES comes a beautiful, harrowing, heartbreaking story, filled with exquisite truths.'A beautiful story, honestly told' Neil G...

  • The Swimmers synopsis, comments

    The Swimmers

    Marian Womack

    A claustrophobic, literary dystopia set in the hot, luscious landscape of Andalusia from the author of The Golden Key.“A richly imagined ecogothic tale.” – The Guardian "Exquisitel...

  • The Need synopsis, comments

    The Need

    Helen Phillips

    LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTION Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Mystery and Thriller Books of All Time“An extraordinary and dazzlingly original work from on...

  • Camp Zero synopsis, comments

    Camp Zero

    Michelle Min Sterling

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA Today Show #ReadwithJenna Book Club PickIn a nearfuture northern settlement, the fates of a young woman, a professor, and a mysterious collective...

  • Famous Men Who Never Lived synopsis, comments

    Famous Men Who Never Lived

    K. Chess

    Finalist for a 2019 Sidewise Award“Conceptually adventurous yet full of feeling. . . . smart, thoughtprovoking, and thoroughly enjoyable.” Charles Yu, author of Interior ChinatownW...

  • The Shamshine Blind synopsis, comments

    The Shamshine Blind

    Paz Pardo

    A beguiling blend of noir detective story and science fiction perfect for fans of Michael Chabon and Emily St. John Mandel, “this fiercely intelligent and utterly original debut” (...

  • The Blood of the Hoopoe synopsis, comments

    The Blood of the Hoopoe

    Naomi Foyle

    Is Astra ready to accept her destiny? A gripping novel for 'Hunger Games fans of all ages' says Library Journal. War is breaking out in Kadingir. Still struggling to accept her rol...

  • THE LOLA QUARTET synopsis, comments


    Emily St. John Mandel

    From the bestselling author of Station Eleven and Sea of TranquilityGavin Sasaki was a promising young journalist in New York City until the day he was fired for plagiarism. The la...

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    Susanna Clarke

    New York Times Bestseller Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction World Fantasy Awards Finalist From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell...

  • The Companions synopsis, comments

    The Companions

    Katie M. Flynn

    Station Eleven meets Never Let Me Go in this “suspenseful, introspective debut” (Kirkus Reviews) set in an unsettling near future where the dead can be uploaded to machines and kep...

  • Everything You Ever Wanted synopsis, comments

    Everything You Ever Wanted

    Luiza Sauma

    Read along with Florence Welch this February and March as part of the Between Two Books book club'Wry, beautiful, surprising and deeply moving' Rachel Seiffert, Guardian'Captures s...

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    Follow Us

    Megan Angelo

    Zwei Frauen, ein Deal, ein dunkles GeheimnisOrla möchte unbedingt Schriftstellerin werden. Dafür braucht sie eine Agentur. Doch sie hat weder die Kontakte noch das Selbstbewusstsei...

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    The Last

    Hanna Jameson

    This propulsive postapocalyptic thriller “in which Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None collides with Stephen King’s The Shining” (NPR) follows a group of survivors stranded ...

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    Ein Junge, sein Hund und das Ende der Welt

    C.A. Fletcher

    »Wenn du dieses Jahr nur ein einziges Buch liest, muss es dieses sein. Es wird dein Herz brechen.« Nerd DailyMein Name ist Griz. Meine Kindheit war anders als deine. Ich hatte kein...

  • Psalms For The End Of The World synopsis, comments

    Psalms For The End Of The World

    Cole Haddon

    'Ingenious and compelling' THE TIMES, SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS OF THE MONTH'Mindbendingly clever and utterly gripping' DAILY MAIL, SCIFI BOOKS OF THE MONTH'A fascinating and assured d...

  • An Ocean of Minutes synopsis, comments

    An Ocean of Minutes

    Thea Lim

    A shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the ALA 2019 Reading List for Science Fiction“Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes is that rare thinga speculative novel t...

  • Station Eleven synopsis, comments

    Station Eleven

    Emily St. John Mandel

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST A PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FINALIST  Set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapsethe spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, h...

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    Claire North

    A powerful dystopian vision of a world where money reigns supreme, from a World Fantasy Awardwinning author."An extraordinary novel that stands with the best of dystopian fiction, ...

  • Last One at the Party synopsis, comments

    Last One at the Party

    Bethany Clift

    Fleabag meets I Am Legend in this extraordinary novel of one woman's survival in the face of the end of the world . . . December 2023. The human race has fought a deadly virus and ...

  • The Great Transition synopsis, comments

    The Great Transition

    Nick Fuller Googins

    This richly imaginative, immersive, and “electrifyingly relevant” (William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author) debut novel follows a shocking disappearance amid the cl...

  • Die Letzte macht das Licht aus synopsis, comments

    Die Letzte macht das Licht aus

    Bethany Clift

    Das Ende der Welt ist ihr AnfangIm Dezember 2023 geht die Welt unter: Innerhalb kürzester Zeit löscht ein extrem aggressives neuartiges Virus die ganze Menschheit aus. Die ganze Me...

  • The Wagers synopsis, comments

    The Wagers

    Sean Michaels

    From GillerPrizewinning author Sean Michaels, The Wagers is a wild and magical novel about what it means to not only chase luck, but find it.When Theo Potiris performed his standup...

  • The Other Valley synopsis, comments

    The Other Valley

    Scott Alexander Howard

    A Goodreads Most Anticipated Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Book of 2024For fans of Never Let Me Go and The Giver, an elegant and exhilarating literary speculative novel abou...

  • Stained Light synopsis, comments

    Stained Light

    Naomi Foyle

    Astra Ordott tried and failed to deny her destiny. The final installment in the criticallyacclaimed SF quartet 'for Hunger Games fans of all ages' (Library Journal). Perfect for ...

  • The Chimes synopsis, comments

    The Chimes

    Anna Smaill

    WINNER OF THE 2016 WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST NOVELLONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZEAn Elle Book of the YearAn Independent Book of the YearOne to Watch Independent on Sund...

  • The Deluge synopsis, comments

    The Deluge

    Stephen Markley

    A New York Times Notable Book “This book is, simply put, a modern classic. If you read it, you'll never forget it. Prophetic, terrifying, uplifting.” Stephen KingFrom the bestselli...