From the Publisher:
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.
About the Author:
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, was recently released in paperback. Last Night in Montreal was a June 2009 Indie Next pick and is a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Singer's Gun, is #1 on the Indie Next List for May 2010.
She is married and lives in Brooklyn.
Upcoming Events for the Author:
Tuesday May 11, 7pm - New York, NY
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street between Lafayette and Mulberry, New York, NY 10012
Friday May 14, 7pm - Clinton, NJ
Ladies Night Out/Reading & Discussion
Clinton Book Shop
33 Main Street
Clinton, NJ 08809-1410
Monday, May 17, 7:30pm - Brooklyn, NY
686 Fulton Street, New York, NY
Thursday, May 27, 7pm - New York, NY
The Goodreads New York City Literary Pub Crawl! With Colson Whitehead and Amy King. Readings, alcohol, books, etc.
7:00 p.m. Cocktail hour at Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe.
8:00 p.m. Readings by Colson Whitehead, Emily St. John Mandel and Amy King at Housing Works
9:00 p.m. Head out to Botanica and Tom & Jerry's. PLEASE NOTE: Tom & Jerry's is CASH ONLY (though there is an ATM machine in the bar).
10:30 p.m. Head to KGB Bar
Feel free to head to the bars in any order you like, as each of them may fill up. We will be tweeting our location throughout the night so please follow @Goodreads on Twitter.
Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe: 126 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Botanica: 47 E. Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Tom & Jerry's: 288 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
KGB Bar: 85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
Goodreads event page
Saturday, June 5, time TBC - Phoenixville, PA
Reading & Booksigning
Venue: Steel City Coffee House
203 Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Tuesday, June 8th, 7pm - Portsmouth, NH
Reading/Signing (with Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply, You Remind Me of Me, Among the Missing and Fitting Ends)
20 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Wednesday, June 9th, 7pm - South Hadley, MA
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Thursday, June 10, 7pm - Manchester Center, Vermont
Reading & Booksigning (with Joyce Hinnefeld, author of In Hovering Flight)
4869 Main Street
P.O. Box 2200
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255
Friday, June 11; time to be confirmed - Vineyard Haven, MA
Bunch of Grapes
44 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Tuesday, July 6, 6:30-8:30pm - Gaylord, MI
133 W. Main St.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Wednesday, July 7, 7pm - Petoskey, MI
McLean and Eakin Booksellers
307 East Lake Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
Thursday, July 8, 7pm - Suttons Bay, MI
305 St. Joseph Street
PO Box 550
Suttons Bay, MI
Friday, July 9, 7pm - Ann Arbor, MI
2513 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
July 17 - 18, 2010 - Denman Island, BC, Canada
Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival
Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
1. Themed Reading: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 17 at the Back Hall. (Theme: Departures. Also featuring Deborah Willis, author of the short story collection Vanishing and Other Stories)
2. Main Stage Event: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 18 at the Community Hall. (Event title: Passages: Time and Place, with host Bill Richardson. Also featuring Zsuzsi Gartner, Brian Brett, and Des Kennedy
Sunday, July 25th, 3pm - Galiano Island, BC, Canada
Galiano Island Books
76 Madrona Drive
Galiano, B.C. Canada