Station Eleven: A novel

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By Emily St. John Mandel

In this spellbinding novel, five people from the past and present are connected in strange and wondrous ways as the world ends. Right before the Georgia Flu wipes out most of humanity, a famous actor dies onstage while playing King Lear. Flash forward twenty years to the members of the Traveling Symphony, a theatre and music troupe that performs for the small, struggling communities in northern Michigan, until they come across a dangerous prophet who threatens their safety. As the story moves back and forth in time, the question becomes: In a world focused mainly on survival, what is the role of art and creative expression?

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.

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