If you’re a fan of Indie bookstores then you already know who Emily St. John Mandel is….
Emily St. John Mandel
Mandel’s writing contains countless lines that might get overlooked, and it is not because of fast prose. She wanders, politely, and pauses just as you would in the middle of your day when your mind darts to something pure or radiant.
We’re undeniably obscure in this culture. The overwhelming majority of “famous novelists” are only really famous within the literary world; my suspicion is that a poll of the general population would report that Snooki has a higher level of name-recognition than, say, Jennifer Egan. I think of my audience as anyone who likes their fiction both literary and plot-driven.
The book that never leaves my side, Inside by Alix Ohlin, on sale June. This novel is so good, hard to ignore, searing, funny, impressively slick, that I can’t believe I’ve never read her books. If you poke around the blog you will see my reviews of her collection, Signs and Wonders, which goes on sale at the same time as Inside. Ms. Ohlin will also be doing a little blog work, keep your eyes peeled.
At this point the subscribers of The New Yorker are reading and enjoying the different stories which appear in the magazine from the well known 20 Under 40 list, that essentially (or so it seems) has defined a generation of writers, at least those recognized by The New Yorker.
Everything about this story is non linear, which confirms what I already knew, that kind of story telling not only works, but it something that can sell. We’re treated to a pulp flash back and flash forward as Mandel introduces us to a half dozen characters right out of the gate, and she hints at something bad, like a subtle kind of noir, which isn’t ashamed of it’s pulp origins, Mandel is flexing her cinematic influences (the rights to this should be scooped up) and her love of someone like Jim Thompson.
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