Book Club Notes


This month, the Rumpus Book Club has been reading the latest novel from Emily St. John Mandel, The Lola Quartet. Here’s some of what other people have been saying about the book.

Library Journal says of it “Evocative, intriguing, and complex, this novel is as smooth as the underbelly of a deadly, furtive reptile. Mandel’s substantial fan base will rejoice; word of mouth will bring new fans on board.”

IndieBound, which put last month’s book, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild on its Indie Next List, will put The Lola Quartet atop its May list.

Publisher’s Weekly interviewed Mandel here and reviewed it here, saying it “excels as a character study that considers the slow degradation of hopes, dreams, and expectations of people who are only in their late 20s but already feel ancient.”

And from last May, Emily St. John Mandel writes about bad reviews over at The Millions.

May’s book is about to go out too–it’s Cures for Hunger, a memoir by Deni Y. Béchard. If you’d like to join the Rumpus Book Club, click here.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →