Sea of Tranquility


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Knopf Publishing Group
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL's five previous novels include The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives in New York City.


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"I could write a thousand words about Emily St. John Mandel, and this book, and this moment but I won't dare spoil it. Truly soul-affirming."
--Emma Straub, best-selling author of All Adults Here

A spiraling, transportive triumph of storytelling - sci-fi with soul.
--Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies

"In Mandel's stunning latest, people find themselves inhabiting different places and times, from early 20th-century Canada to a 23rd-century moon colony... The novel's narratives crystallize flawlessly. Brilliantly combining imagery from science fiction and the current pandemic, Mandel grounds her rich metaphysical speculation in small, beautifully observed human moments. By turns playful, tragic, and tender, this should not be missed."
--Publishers Weekly, starred

A complicated and mysterious puzzle concerning the nature of reality solved perfectly, all loose ends connected... Even more boldly imagined than Station Eleven. Exciting to read, relevant, and satisfying.
--Kirkus, starred

"A time-travel puzzle... Mandel's prose is beautiful but unfussy; some chapters are compressed into a few poetic lines. The story moves quickly... In the end, the novel's interlocking plot resolves beautifully, making for a humane and moving time-travel story, as well as a meditation on loneliness and love."
--BookPage, starred

An emotionally devastating novel about human connection: what we are to one another--and what we should be.
--Omar El Akkad, Scientific American

If you loved Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, you'll devour this dystopian novel that's about time travel and mystery as much as it is about love, the importance of family and how much our individual actions impact the world. With vivid and memorable characters, gorgeously imaginative settings and a plot that will have you gasping aloud, it ping-pongs from an eerie encounter in North America in 1912 to the anxiety of trying to escape a plague-ravaged Earth to moon colonies that feel at once just like home and far from it. This is a triumph of science fiction, so give it a try even if the genre usually leaves you cold.
--Good Housekeeping

"'When have we ever believed that the world wasn't ending?' asks a character in Emily St. John Mandel's Sea of Tranquility... At a time when that fear is so acutely alive, the question is revelatory. While Mandel focuses on many of the things that terrify us, she also illustrates how hope and humanity are flames that can never be fully extinguished."
--Adrienne Gaffney, Elle

"[The] feeling of something lovely glimpsed and lost is everywhere in these pages...In Sea of Tranquility, Mandel offers one of her finest novels and one of her most satisfying forays into the arena of speculative fiction yet, but it is her ability to convincingly inhabit the ordinary, and...project a sustaining acknowledgment of beauty, that sets the novel apart...Born of...empathy and hard-won understanding, beautifully built into language, for all of us who inhabit this 'green-and-blue world' and who one day might live well beyond."
--Laird Hunt, The New York Times

"Sea of Tranquility is broader in scope than any of Mandel's previous novels, voyaging profligately across lands and centuries...Destabilizing, extraordinary, and blood-boiling...Mandel weds a sharp, ambivalent self-accounting--the type of study that tends to wear the label 'autofiction'--to a speculative epic. We are shown what two forms can offer each other, and exposed to the interrogating possibilities of science fiction."
--Katy Waldman, The New Yorker

"Each character alone could probably carry a book, and so could the picture -- not rosy, but hardly hopeless -- that Mandel paints of a future Earth...Generous with flashes of wry humor...Mandel's style is distinctly her own, and she excels at bringing brightness out of the dark. Readers will leave Sea of Tranquility like Station Eleven before it, feeling hope for humanity."
--Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post Dispatch

A full-on mind-blower. Inspired by real-world ills and eccentric philosophical theories, Mandel has crafted an enthralling narrative puzzle, plunging her relatable characters into a tale that spans five centuries.
--Kevin Canfield, StarTribune

"This slim novel is written in a cool, elegant voice, like that of a singer who never wastes a note and who suggests strong emotion underneath her reserve."
--Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"'Reality is things as they are, ' Wallace Stevens declared, and who could argue with that? Well, legions of philosophers and any number of novelists, among them Emily St. John Mandel, who, like an ingenious origami artist, seems determined with each new work to add yet another fold to our perception of what is real and one further twist to what we think of as time...Transcendent."
-- Anna Mundow, Wall Street Journal

"Mandel is an easy read...No matter where or when we touch down we feel at home in worlds much like our own....Which may be the point she's getting at: we're all, and will always be, part of a larger human story. In the face of pandemic or other catastrophes, all roads lead to home, whether those roads connect to the far edge of the Western world or the Far Colonies of space."
--Alex Good, Toronto Star

"I didn't just read Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel, or Mandel's latest, Sea of Tranquility. I lived in those novels and felt the remnants of their weird, chill atmosphere long after I had to move on...World builder is a phrase that's rightly used to describe Mandel's immersive powers as a novelist...Sea Of Tranquility is a poignant, ingeniously constructed and deeply absorbing novel that surveys big questions about the cruel inevitability of time passing, loss, the nature of what we consider reality and, in the end, what finally matters...Mandel is an important novelist of our moment, but doesn't settle for merely replicating our moment. She inhabits it even as she sees beyond it."
--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air