The Lola Quartet

The Lola Quartet

Book - 2012
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Gavin Sasaki is a promising young journalist in New York City, until he's fired in disgrace following a series of unforgivable lapses in his work. It's early 2009, and the world has gone dark very quickly; the economic collapse has turned an era that magazine headlines once heralded as the second gilded age into something that more closely resembles the Great Depression. The last thing Gavin wants to do is return to his hometown of Sebastian, Florida, but he's drifting toward bankruptcy and is in no position to refuse when he's offered a job by his sister, Eilo, a real estate broker who deals in foreclosed homes.

Eilo recently paid a visit to a home that had a ten-year-old child in it, a child who looks very much like Gavin and who has the same last name as Gavin's high school girlfriend Anna, whom Gavin last saw a decade ago. Gavin--a former jazz musician, a reluctant broker of foreclosed properties, obsessed with film noir and private detectives--begins his own private investigation in an effort to track down Anna and their apparent daughter who have been on the run all these years from a drug dealer from whom Anna stole $121,000.

In her most ambitious novel yet, Emily Mandel combines her most fully realized characters with perhaps her most fully developed story that examines the difficulty of being the person you'd like to be, loss, the way a small and innocent action (e.g., taking a picture of a girl in a foreclosed house) can have disastrous consequences. The Lola Quartet is a work that pays homage to literary noir, is concerned with jazz, Django Reinhardt, economic collapse, love, Florida's exotic wildlife problem, crushing tropical heat, the leavening of the contemporary world, compulsive gambling, and the unreliability of memory.

This is literary fiction with a strong detective story element.
Publisher: [Lakewood, Colo.] : Unbridled Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781609530792
Branch Call Number: FICTION StJohnMa Emily 04/2012
Characteristics: 279 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jan - enjoyed the characterizations in this book by Mandel. Mandel is also author of the 2014 post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven.

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Jun 03, 2015

The interweaving of lives and lies and deception between several former members of a high school music quintet. Who did what to whom? Pretty interesting all through and well-written.

Aug 22, 2012

NY journalist Gavin loses it when he first hears that his high school girlfriend had his baby (10 years later). He screws up at work, gets fired, moves back to Florida and tries to find her.

Jun 06, 2012

Emily St. John Mandel writes literary stories with quiet mysteries at their core. Her books are perfect for readers who don’t consider themselves mystery readers or for readers you enjoy language and character. Mandel is so good at writing these lovely, fluid, melancholy stories about disaffected people adrift in life.


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