Station Eleven (Hardcover)

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When I read an early copy of Station Eleven, back in May, I was immediately blown away. Here, the incredible promise Emily St. John Mandel had shown with The Singer's Gun and The Lola Quartet, had been fulfilled.

I was enchanted that wondered whether, as a long time fan of Emily's, I was perhaps biased. Was I seeing excellence where I wanted it to be. This book was good, but could it really be that good?

So I asked the rest of the staff to read it. They universally concurred with my judgement. We all love this book.

Station Eleven is a book that often demands an instant re-read to maintain the immersion in the hope filled world Emily creates. This is both a love song to the world we inhabit now and a testament to the enduring promise of humanity.

Breaking News: Station Eleven nominated for The National Book Award

— Peter

A literary post-post apocalyptic novel. — From Jack's Top Ten Books of 2014

It has been a long time since a book has brought tears to my eyes, but Emily's writing is fluid, convincing and beautiful. Post-Apocalyptic Sci Fi for those who do not like Post-Apocalyptic Sci Fi. A wonderful addition to both literature and science fiction. — From Jodie's Top Ten Brilliant Books of 2014

When I read an early copy of Station Eleven, back in May, I was immediately blown away. Here, the incredible promise Emily St. John Mandel had shown with The Singer's Gun and The Lola Quartet, had been fulfilled.
I was enchanted that wondered whether, as a long time fan of Emily's, I was perhaps biased. Was I seeing excellence where I wanted it to be. This book was good, but could it really be that good?
So I asked the rest of the staff to read it. They universally concurred with my judgement. We all love this book.
Station Eleven is a book that often demands an instant re-read to maintain the immersion in the hope filled world Emily creates. This is both a love song to the world we inhabit now and a testament to the enduring promise of humanity.

— From Peter's Top Ten of 2014

Description


2014 National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Bestseller

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten's arm is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

About the Author


Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of three previous novels--Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, and The Lola Quartet--all of which were Indie Next picks. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. She lives in New York City with her husband. www.emilymandel.com


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780385353304
ISBN-10: 0385353308
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English