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Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
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Jun 20, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

The plot of this book was outstanding, as was its craftsmanship in structure. The novel juxtaposes the childhood experiences of a girl continuously changing identities while on the run with her non-custodial father after he abducts her, with the impacts this case has on the adults involved. This is a strong showing for a first novel. However, it is also marked with some of the flaws common to author's initial efforts. It can be heavy-handed at times (i.e. the name of the town where Lilia & her father reside the longest is called Stillspell), and some of the plot points which are intended to be surprises are too obvious earlier in the novel, thus not having their intended effect when they are "revealed" later. Furthermore, my willing suspension of disbelief was tested. While some of the characters were interesting, I did not feel invested in any of them. Overall, an excellent effort, which Mandel will hopefully be able to improve upon in the future.
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