Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied dance 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 recently released in paperback. Last Night in Montreal was a June 2009 Indie Next pick and is a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Singer's Gun, is #1 on the Indie Next List for May 2010. She is married and lives in Brooklyn.
Emily St. John Mandel recommends
American War (2017)
Omar El Akkad and 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."
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