This one was a contender for a book club pick for March or April. We ended up not choosing it because we felt like it wasn’t a conversational enough book (meaning that we’d have a lot to say about it!) but it was still really good. Emily St. John Mandel is such a gifted writer! This one opens at the beginning with a woman falling from a boat to her death. Throughout the book there are a few things at play: a massive Ponzi scheme, the woman’s death, and two half siblings growing up in a small town in Vancouver. It all seems unrelated at first but there is a connection. My favorite moment of the book was one line, delivered by Jonathan Alkaitas’s wife Suzanne. If you read the book, you will know exactly what I am talking about. It stopped my in my tracks! The storyline was great and I couldn’t put it down but what I loved most about the book is how well the author manages to get into the psyche of each of her characters. They’re all so complex and interesting. Lastly: a lot of people asked if it was as good as Station Eleven and I don’t know! I haven’t read that yet but it’s on my list to eventually read!
Author: Emily St. John Mandel