Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of the novels Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, and The Lola Quartet - all of which were Indie Next picks. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. She lives in New York City with her husband.
Emily St. John Mandel recommends
American War (2017)
Omar El Akkad
"American War is an extraordinary novel. El Akkad's story of a family caught up in the collapse of an empire is as harrowing as it is brilliant, and has an air of terrible relevance in these partisan times."
If We Were Villains (2017)
M L Rio
"This is a rare and extraordinary novel: a vivid rendering of the closed world of a conservatory education, a tender and harrowing exploration of friendship, and a genuinely breathtaking literary thriller."
Void Star (2017)
"Void Star is an extraordinary novel. The hallucinatory beauty of the prose is matched only by the book’s velocity and mystery, and the story - of mortality, memory - and what it means to be human - holds all the force and power of mythology."
The End We Start From (2017)
"A beautifully spare, haunting meditation on the persistence of life after catastrophe. I loved it."
The Afterlives (2018)
"A bracingly intelligent, beautifully rendered meditation on ghosts, technology, marriage, and the afterlife. This is a remarkable novel."
The City Where We Once Lived (2018)
"An eerie, beautifully written, and profoundly humane book."
I Still Dream (2018)
J P Smythe
"A haunting meditation on the implications of AI, on intelligence itself, and on what it means to live and die in the age of technology. I Still Dream is a must-read for fans of David Mitchell, for anyone who's ever used a smartphone, and for anyone who appreciates riveting plots and beautiful prose."
"Florida is a magnificent collection, executed with tremendous depth and precision, unsettling in the best possible way. Lauren Groff is a virtuoso."
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