The Lola Quartet Themes & Motifs

Emily St. John Mandel
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Identity

The theme of Identity can be traced throughout the novel. As the novel opens, Gavin is revealed to have to have his dream job as a reporter. The job he wants, however, is his job in a different time. He identifies with reporters from a bygone era. How he sees himself is a man who lives in the wrong era, making his identity conflicted. As he begins to fabricate elements of his story and lose his job, he loses his identity. If he’s not a reporter, then who is he? Searching for Anna and Chloe gives him purpose and makes him feel like an investigative reporter again, thereby getting him better in touch with his identity.

Chloe’s identity is in question before she’s even born. Anna is hopeful that Daniel is the father. She connects with Daniel differently than with Gavin. When the...

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