Another Compelling Novel By The Author Of 'Station Eleven'

December 23, 2014 2:14 PM

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When a publisher asks you to review a book, in this case, Last Night in Montreal, and the book is written by Emily St. John Mandel, whose latest book, Station Eleven, was nominated for the National Book Award, you have to take the request seriously. And I did. But I was also a bit skeptical. I had never read anything by Ms. St. John Mandel and had no idea if I would like the book. What would I do then? Pretend I would review it but "never get around to it"? Or be forced to write a review about a book I didn't like? It was a moral dilemma to say the least. But a promise is a promise, so I owed it to the publisher to at least read the book.

I downloaded a sample chapter to my phone so I could read it on my subway ride home. The dilemma that faced me as I read was not how to get out of reviewing the book but rather that I was whipping through the pages and by the time I had finished the excerpt I was still underground and unable to down...

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