Station Eleven

Finalist, National Book Awards 2014 for Fiction

ISBN 9780385353304
Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House
Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, and The Lola Quartet. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. More about this author >

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One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, 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.

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After a virulent flu sweeps the world and civilization collapses, a troupe of musicians and Shakespearean actors moves from camp to village in North America giving performances. The rise of a dangerous prophet, a rare graphic novel, and a carefully curated Museum of Civilization are only a few of the rich elements woven through this deeply inventive and mesmerizing novel that raises questions of what humanity longs for when nearly all seems lost.