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‘The Lola Quartet’ is another gem by Emily St. John Mandel
Review by Michelle Simon
UNBRIDLED BOOKS; 288 PAGES; $24.95
Emily St. John Mandel
(pictured) is back with a third novel and, in a development that will
surprise nobody, “The Lola Quartet” features a protagonist who is in
search of an identity – a theme running through her prior novels
novels, “Last Night in
Montreal” and “The Singer’s Gun.”
This time we’ve
got Gavin Sasaki, who has been fired from his newspaper job that he
loved for misconduct. He retreats to a small town in Florida to
live with his older sister and sell real estate.
Through a series
of flashbacks from high school, we learn about Gavin’s high school
sweetheart, Anna, who mysteriously disappeared before graduating never
be heard from again.
Ten years later, Gavin’s sister spots a young child at an abandoned
house who has an uncanny resemblance to her brother. Anna is on the run
from a meth dealer she stole thousands of dollars from. Eventually, he
catches up to her.
With an eclectic cast of characters, Emily St. John Mandel weaves a
tale of mystery about one’s sense of identity in her third novel.
Music, especially jazz, is one of the center themes of the book.
More than her prior novels, The Lola Quartet has a plotline that
resembles the suspense genre. Unlike genre novels, Mandel resolves her
story without cliché showdowns and gimmicks. Instead, she
fastidiously blends character depth with elements we associate with
Scale: 5 stars: Incredible!...
4 stars: Excellent... 3 stars: Good... 2 stars: Mediocre... 1 star:
Rating: 5 stars
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