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The Singer's Gun
The Singer's Gun | Emily St. John Mandel
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Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents deal in stolen goods and his first career is a partnership venture with his cousin Aria selling forged passports and social security cards to illegal aliens. Anton longs for a less questionable way of living in the world and by his late twenties has reinvented himself as a successful middle manager. Then a routine security check suggests that things are not quite what they appear. And Aria begins blackmailing him to do one last job for her. But the seemingly simple job proves to have profound and unexpected repercussions. As Anton's carefully constructed life begins to disintegrate around him, he's forced to choose between loyalty to his family and his desires for a different kind of life. When everyone is willing to use someone else to escape the past, it is up to Anton, on the island of Ischia, to face the ghosts that travel close behind him. Emily St. John Mandel follows up her electric debut with a spellbinding novel of international crime, false identities, the depths and limits of family ties, and the often confusing bonds of love. Taut with suspense, beautifully imagined, full of unexpected corners, desperate choices, betrayals and halftruths with deadly consequences, The Singer's Gun explores the dangerous territory between one's moral compass and the heart's desire.
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BilboBookends
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“A or B, two options present themselves, and you choose the one that seems best at the time.”

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BookLineNSinker
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Excited that my St. Mandel collective works showed up at the library today!

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mom2bugnbee
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Really enjoying the challenges that I picked for 2021!

#chunksterchallenge - 43% through The Count of Monte Cristo (@Amiable)

#Booked2021 - 3/6 Winter (2, 4, & 5) (@cinfen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage)

#Authoramonth - 1 book by NK Jemisin (@Soubhiville)

#NYPL125 #LoveReading - The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (18/125)

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mom2bugnbee
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Y'all.

ESJM is now officially in my top five authors of all time. So, so good. Her characters are brilliantly drawn & every book of hers that I've read has been a page turner. I'm so excited that I found her & can now work my way through her back catalog.

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vivastory I've been curious about this one. Great review! 13mo
Crazeedi This sounds interesting 13mo
CuriousG I want to work my way through her back catalog too - lover her writing! 13mo
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mom2bugnbee
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#firstworldproblems When library holds from two of your favorite authors become available at the same time! Which to read first?

(My answer = the tagged book)

Thousand-Lives I loved the tagged book! Hope you enjoy it also. 13mo
mom2bugnbee @Thousand-Lives Mercy - I'm 20% in & I can't read it quickly enough. ESJM is brilliant - quickly climbing to the top of my favorite authors list. 13mo
Thousand-Lives @mom2bugnbee Brilliant is absolutely right! 😁 13mo
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Thousand-Lives
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I loved Station Eleven by this author, but put off this novel from her backlist because it sounded kind of boring with its descriptions of crime and corruption. NOPE! I loved it. The plot unfolds carefully in a non-linear storyline that captured my attention completely. Emily St. John Mandel just has a way with words. 🤩

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Thousand-Lives
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Reading (and loving so far) from Emily St. John Mandel‘s backlist. Her writing just blows me away!

ErikasMindfulShelf I want to read this! 1y
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swishandflick
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Consider me a card carrying member of the Emily St. John Mandel fan club. She's such a beautiful storyteller!

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TerriGreen
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I loved this literary novel. Anton wants out of his family‘s criminal business, but he is asked to do one last job. It is a slow burn and jumps around in time, but the storytelling is fantastic. Book 47 4⭐️

Tracyantoon Fantastic storytelling! That‘s exactly what I loved about Last Night in Montreal. 2y
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EmilyM
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Underwhelming...I read this after hearing about it on What Should I Read Next. The plot sounded intriguing and I loved Station Eleven. This had potential but the characters fell flat and the plot wasn't as exciting as it sounded on the flap or on the podcast. Very "meh." ⭐⭐⭐/5

CouronneDhiver I find it fascinating how differently we all react to the same books. I loved this one 3y
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Pamwurtzler
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How was my book? Oh so good! I think I heard about this one on Modern Mrs Darcy‘s blog. It‘s nothing like Station 11, but it‘s such a good story. You should read this right now!

CouronneDhiver I agree! I really liked this one 👍🏽 3y
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mcipher
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My lap right now. 😻 I think this is the only St. John Mandel I haven‘t read, I love her writing. #catsoflitsy #Edith #Chloe #tuxedokittiesoflitsy #sleepykittiesoflitsy @MinDea

TommieMarie74 My lap looks very similar. 😊❤️😊 4y
mcipher @TommieMarie74 They are surprisingly heavy! 😆 4y
erinreads So adorable! 😻 Can you have your cats call my cat to tell him how comfortable and warm human laps are? 😹 4y
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mcipher @erinreads I‘m afraid to let them use the phone. They try to con me for second dinner every night, I‘m sure they‘d order cat food! 4y
CouronneDhiver It‘s a good one - a slow burn! It‘s the book I sent out on my LMPBC book club. As far as I know, all the other girls liked it too. 4y
mcipher @CouronneDhiver I stayed up waaayy too late finishing it - I couldn‘t put it down and ended up neglecting everything else to read! 4y
TommieMarie74 @mcipher It‘s funny how much they can weigh when they are comfy and don‘t want to be moved. Sleeping weight and pill taking/going to the vet weight are twice as much as their weight at any other time. 😆 4y
mcipher @TommieMarie74 Yes! And they grow extra arms and legs for vet days. 4y
TommieMarie74 @mcipher Yes!! And extra teeth too!! 4y
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TheKidUpstairs
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1. Most recently? The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel (don't you agree, @DebbieGrillo @drokka @CouronneDhiver )
2. About half way through the King's Canyon hike in the Australian Outback there is a spot called the Garden of Eden. It's the most beautiful, peaceful place I've been.
3. The Lares or Salkantay routes to Machu Picchu
4. Both have their pros. But my last flying-with-kids experience was slightly scarring. So for now, we drive!
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TheKidUpstairs 5. Gelato (but I'm not going to say no to ice cream! Especially Kawartha Dairy Moose Tracks.) #ManicMonday @JoScho 4y
BookishMe I wonder if Garden of Eden was Marquis' destination in (one of the numerous books that stirs my wanderlust ;)) 4y
TheKidUpstairs @BookishMe I've never heard of that one, but it sounds amazing! Definitely adding that to the TBR! 4y
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BookishMe @TheKidUpstairs the writing may make her adventures sound underwhelming but it's incredible when you think about the enormity of her journey. I read it while trekking along Ganges/ Himalayas. It was surreal to read about the power of nature when I was surrounded by it. 4y
drokka I don't know that it piqued my wanderlust on its own, but then I read another book partly set in Venice and I started to think that maybe I should really consider it. 4y
CouronneDhiver ❤️ 4y
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How were you formed? What forged you?

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TheKidUpstairs
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1. I posted Monty earlier, so here's Aretha making a rare #CatsofLitsy appearance for @TricksyTails #LetsMakeTricksySmile
2. Android
3. They're cookies! As long as there's no coconut I'm not going to say no!
4. The Singer's Gun. Criminal goes clean, gets dragged back into the family business. But it's so much more. Recommend!
5. To watch: baseball; to play: soccer.

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

2BR02B Aretha's cracking me up! 😆 That's some severe RBF. 4y
TheKidUpstairs @2BR02B she throws shade like a boss bitch 😂😂😂 4y
readordierachel Haha! Love that face. 4y
MinDea Aretha has such a cute face! 4y
TricksyTails 😂♥️😽 Aretha!! Perfect name for her too!! 4y
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TheKidUpstairs
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I have about 5 loads of laundry waiting to be folded. But I also have a really good book. And a really good beer. 🍻📖

saresmoore Oh, crap! I just remembered there is a load of kid clothes in the dryer. 🤦‍♀️ 4y
saresmoore I mean... enjoy! 😂 I will almost definitely ignore my laundry in favor of wine & reading, too. Cheers! 4y
readordierachel Nice! How are you liking this one? I have it sitting on my shelf. 4y
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TheKidUpstairs @saresmoore LOL! You're welcome for the reminder. Laundry can always wait, right? 4y
TheKidUpstairs @ReadOrDieRachel uve only just finished the first chapter, but I'm loving it so far. She combines beautiful writing with slow burning, interesting stories so well. I had never heard of this one until it came to me as part of #LMPBC. I was pretty excited to see it, because I LOVED 4y
TheKidUpstairs @ReadOrDieRachel *I've (my auto correct hates me) 4y
desertbibliophile Wait, are there people in this world that choose laundry over reading? I don't trust them. 4y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Kiddos are eating breakfast and watching Arthur, so I'm going to dive into the last book for round one of #LMPBC

So excited for your selection, @CouronneDhiver and I'm glad we'll be doing another round! I've really enjoyed reading with you ladies 😁 @drokka @DebbieGrillo

DebbieGrillo Your breakfast looks interesting. What is it? 4y
TheKidUpstairs @DebbieGrillo Rye toast with cucumber, cottage cheese, and sriracha. Mmm.... 4y
DebbieGrillo And just to be clear, the next round is March-June, right? Which means we read and send the first book by the end of March? @drokka @CouronneDhiver 4y
TheKidUpstairs @DebbieGrillo yup, that's what i was thinking too. We each read our selection in March and then pass it on. 4y
CouronneDhiver Sweet! 4y
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Mairi
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Isn't it odd when you read two completely different books and they both mention something you've never come across before in your life? At the top is The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel and at the bottom Landmarks by Robert MacFarlane.

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Mairi
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Next book, I loved Station Eleven so I've got high hopes for this.

Celly84 I love Station Eleven too. Let me know how you get on 6y
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