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Publisher's Summary

From the number one best-selling author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted The Glass Hotel and the internationally best-selling Station Eleven comes a new novel of dazzling imagination.

In this captivating tale of imagination and ambition, a seemingly disparate array of people come into contact with a time traveler who must resist the pull to change the past and the future. The cast includes a British exile on the West Coast of Canada in the early 1900s; the author of a best-selling novel about a fictional pandemic who embarks on a galaxy-spanning book tour during the outbreak of an actual pandemic; a resident of a moon colony almost 300 years in the future; and a lonely girl who films an old-growth forest and experiences a disruption in the recording. Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, Emily St. John Mandel’s dazzling story follows these engrossing characters across space and time as their lives ultimately intersect. 

Sea of Tranquility is a breathtaking and wondrous examination of the ties that bind us together, by a master storyteller. 

©2022 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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Loved it

I listened to this book over less than 24 hours.
It was very interesting and thought provoking about the presence and the future and even reality itself.

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Emily St. Jean Mandel's best

My only complaint about this book is that it was far too short! I could have easily explored this "multiverse" for twice as long. I've read Glass Hotel and Station Eleven and would definitely rank this as my favourite of Emily St. Jean Mandel's. I found the characters all interesting in their own right and enjoyed how their timelines were woven together.

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Tranquil read

Enjoyed it. Narration is easy to listen to. Good introduction to Emily St. John Mandel.

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Really hard to follow

A bunch of stories that somehow connect. I found it really hard to follow. Some of the stories/characters I liked, but some I just felt were really hard to follow and couldn't understand how it all came together. I found myself losing focus a lot of the time, it just didn't grab my attention. However, if you like stringing details together to come to some connection point, this is the book for you. Guess it just wasn't my preference in a book.

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Read glass hotel first

This book spoils a lot of the plot to glass hotel so read that first.

Excellent voice performances

Liked the book overall with some small annoyance the author put herself in the book.

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If you enjoy stories with many threads that come together this is for you

An excellently produced book. Many threads woven together in a beautiful tapestry. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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magnificent!

Where does she get all these brilliant ideas?;
Do read, listen to this book. You won't regret it.

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I loved it, but I wanted more

I love the mood and cadence of this author's writing. I could have listened for so much longer. Suddenly it was finished!

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Another amazing St. John Mandel!!

I loved the tone and mood of this one! I don’t usually like sci-fi but the past present and future were amazing, believable, and engaging. This is the first book that seamlessly worked COVID into the storyline, too. Usually I find it feels a bit forced and added Frankenstein-like. I also enjoyed the links to the Glass Hotel - which I didn’t actually enjoy as much.

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how very meta, but with a twist

I think it strikes me so hard because I read Station Eleven just before the 2020 lockdown and then subsequently ended up working on the Station Eleven miniseries for almost 8 months. This has all those meta vibes while taking it in such an interesting circular direction. I really enjoyed this. Also, I think anyone who has to answer the same questions over and over will appreciate the book tour exasperation.