In The Singer's Gun, a novel of international crime, false identities, the depths and limits of family ties, and the often confusing bonds of love, Emily St. John Mandel explores the dangerous territory between one’s moral compass and the heart’s desire.
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. 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.
The Singer's Gun was #1 on the Indie Next List for May 2010.
"A gripping, thoughtful meditation on work, family, and the consequences of major life choices." - Booklist
Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. Her first novel, Last Night in Montreal - a June 2009 Indie Next pick and was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year - was recently released in paperback.
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Emily St. John Mandel: The Singer's Gun
304 pages, hardcover, $24.95
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