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Emily St. John Mandel Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Singer's Gun (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Night in Montreal (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lola Quartet (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Station Eleven (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Glass Hotel (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea of Tranquility (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Venice Noir(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goodbye to All That(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Audlib Project: Home 2020(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Ruins: The Apocalyptic Anthology(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Coming from the Canada, the writer Emily St. John Mandel has been a prolific figure within the industry for a number of years now. Largely known for her socially-conscious thriller and crime novels, she has taken to writing about contemporary issues of the time. This has lead to her becoming one of the most sought after writers currently working within her specific field to date.

Early and Personal Life

Born on Denman Island in Canada in 1979, the author to be Emily St. John Mandel grew up with a strong passion for both reading and writing. Harnessing her love of the written word, she would continue to work on her style and her tone, articulating her voice throughout the years. This also allowed her to build upon her material as a writer as well, taking inspiration of all forms over time, giving it a shape and form in her many stories.

Originally educated in dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theater she would always maintain an education in the creative arts. Later moving on to literature she would carry on honing and refining her voice as an author and as a creative writer of fiction. Focusing on contemporary dance at the age of eighteen after leaving school to study it, she would also live in New York City for some time as well.

Living in Montreal before this, though, she moved through a number of different locations before finally settling in New York City. With a clear and articulate voice in the arts, she would soon go on to become a prominent figure within the industry. Whether she was expressing herself through dance or writing, she always had a strong and highly idiosyncratic voice as an author.

Still writing to this very day, she currently lives in New York City where she is happily married and a full-time author. Living with a child as well, she continues to put out her work at a regular and ever consistent pace for her ever growing mass of readers. With a lot more set to be released on the horizon it doesn’t appear that she’s stopping any time soon either, as her writing career goes from strength-to-strength.

Writing Career

Bringing out her first book ‘Last Night in Montreal’ in 2009, this was the debut novel from Emily St. John Mandel as an author. Working as a stand-alone title it managed to establish her as a fully fledged author in her own right, creating both her style and her tone. Setting up her writing career it would also give her a book to develop from, allowing her readers to build as well.

Publishing four novels so far, each of different styles and genres, she is a prolific and strong figure within the literary industry. Each of them are stand-alone titles, as they don’t feature within any long-running series either, all being self-contained stories. With a range of ideas and themes, though, she does have a set of different styles, as she clearly understands her voice and tone.

Winning awards and nominations too over the years, she is not without critical acclaim either, as she manages to to garner the respect of her many peers and contemporaries alike. This lead to her getting a number of Indie Next Picks, along with the ‘Prix Mystere de la Critique in France’ in 2014. She gained this for her novel ‘The Singer’s Gun’, and has been a mainstay on the awards circuit ever since.

Her fourth book, ‘Station Eleven’, a novel which is set in a post-apocalyptic world, is being commissioned to be made into a movie. Currently produced by Scott Steindorff, it is set to feature the novel on the big-screen, transposing it to the cinema. Knowing her audience well now, she has adapted to a variety of different and interesting styles, allowing her to understand her own voice entirely.

With a lot more to come as an author in the years to follow, she has a strong understanding of literature and how it currently operates. Using the site Goodreads as her basis some time back, she analysed a large quantity of books with the word ‘girl’ in their title, and found that the girl in the book was more likely to end up dead if the author was male. It is this precision and dedication to her art-form and craft that drives her forwards as an author, allowing her to have the successful writing career that she has had so far.

Last Night in Montreal

Originally brought out in 2009 on the 3rd of June, this was the first book to be released by Emily St. John Mandel as an author. Published through the ‘Unbridled Books’ publishing label, it manages to capture the essence of a lot of her writing to to follow. It also manages to establish both her style and tone, giving her readers a strong idea of what to expect in the years to come.

Moving from place to place throughout her life, this story tells of one Lilia Albert, a woman who has changed identities constantly. From her adolescence to her adult life she has always been on the move, never staying in one place for long, whilst abandoning scores of lovers behind her, with a private detective who’s been in pursuit of her for years. Then one lover decides to follow her to Montreal from New York in the hope of ensuring that she’s safe after she abruptly took off. Will she ever find peace? Can she ever get away? What happened last night in Montreal?

Station Eleven

Initially brought out through the ‘Knopf’ publishing label, this was first released in 2014 on the 9th of September. Working as a science-fiction title, it marks a somewhat different direction for her as an author, and another stand-alone novel. With it also being made into a full motion-picture, it is also one that has made a massive impact in recent years as well.

During a production of King Lear a famous actor dies onstage in the performance of the play, leaving the world to dissolve some hours later. The narrative then travels around in time between various different point, including the past during the actor’s early days working as a film star. It then travels to the wastelands of fifteen years in the future, whereby a troupe roams called ‘The Traveling Symphony’, as everything is connected by five different people. What connects them? Who are they all? Where is station eleven?

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