Summerquest blog. A few years ago I was lucky enough to have some time to create the mother of all to-read lists from all of those tiny pieces of paper with titles scratched on them that I had been collecting forever. If I were to retire today, I still don't think I could get through the over 1500 titles in my Goodreads to-read pile. One thing I like to do is randomly select a title from that list and see what I think. And boy did I find a winner this time with Emily St. John Mandel's debut novel Last Night in Montreal.
Lilia has been on the run since she was a young girl, kidnapped by her father from a difficult household. They drove around the U.S., never staying anywhere for very long, never making connections or setting down roots for fear of getting caught. And that fear is real, as a private detective has been on their trail for years, much to the detriment of his own family and marriage. Now Lilia is an adult, but she still can't settle down for long. Her current boyfriend in New York is not able to let her go, and with a little help discovers she is in Montreal. The intertwined stories of her past and present, the detective on her case, and her various lovers makes for an absorbing first novel. Here's to hoping Emily St. John Mandel has more stories in her to tell, and I can happily add them to my ever-growing to-read list.
How long is your to-read list?