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Last Night in Montreal

Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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When Lilia Albert was a child, her father appeared on the doorstep of her mother's house and took her away. Now, haunted by an inability to remember much about her early childhood, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and eluding the private detective who has dedicated a career to following close behind.

Then comes Eli. When Lilia goes out for a paper and fails to return to their Brooklyn apartment, he follows her to Montreal, not knowing whether he wants to disappear, too, or help her find her way home. But what he discovers is a deeper mystery, one that will set past and present spinning toward collision.

©2016 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Breathtaking.... Simply blew me away." (Nancy Pearl, NPR, Morning Edition)
"Emily St. John Mandel is astonishing." (Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers)
"Stunning.... A brilliant tale of desperation and identity." ( Richmond Review)

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  • Donna
  • 21-03-2016

Something reslly different

I took a chance on this one and I'm glad I did. It is relaxed, has a few very interesting people and places but left me wondering just what kind of mystery it is. Crimes certainly abound....

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  • Karmagurl
  • 25-10-2020

Tres bien

I have never been disappointed in a book by Ms St John Mandel. While “Station Eleven” remains my favorite, every story she tells resonates with depth. Her use of language is superb. Character development is incredible. Sense of place outstanding. Choice of narrators has been fabulous. My only regret is that I’ve read and listened to all of them, and now I have to wait.

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  • ACV
  • 06-10-2020

Story and plot leaves something to be desired

I love this author, she’s a writer who enjoys prose and words and contemplation. Her characters are the most enjoyable part of her novels because they seem to have these rich inner lives and no matter what, the women she writes about are intelligent and fascinating which seems to make up for lacking storylines and plots. However in this book I can’t say that there is enough of either well crafted characters nor a good plot line to make me want to recommend it. There is a thrilling story here, though the book is not thrilling- and you will get answers, which is key to going through an entire journey with fictions characters and their existential woes. However we spend too much time with characters I wanted to move on from. The narration was excellent, she knew how to flow with the pontificating prose and sometimes a good narrator makes it worth it. If you’re in the mood for some poetic waxing on inaction and intellectual navel gazing along with some meaningless vagabond wandering then I suggest this book.

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  • patricia williams
  • 07-06-2020

Prose beautiful,l development, not so much.

I thought this plot had potential but it just kind of letters out into cliches without really fleshing out some of the chars Byers enough.