You might know Emily St. John Mandel from Glass Hotel or Station Eleven. Her latest offering, “Sea of Tranquility” she brings us a time-traveling, period piece laced with pandemic and a glitch in the matrix. This book reads effortlessly and constantly reminds one of how clever the author is, and I mean clever in a good way. I feel like this book is the result of the pandemic, although the virus plays both a major and minor part in how this drama unfolds.
Jetting from 1912 to periods five hundred years later, the book bounces from the familiar to the “what might be” in a wonderful, smooth and layered way. I found myself relating to most of the characters, especially the author on a book tour, which made me feel a little like I was on a Blurb, multi-city trip where I’m exhausted but know I have two more cities to go. Get it, read it.