Station Eleven (Large Print / Hardcover)

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"Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Crisscrossing through time, the novel intermingles the narratives of a small group of people before and after a civilization destroying flu outbreak. Showing how ephemeral our present day culture and relationships are, Station Eleven is the perfect novel for fans of the films of Sophia Coppola. RIYL: The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger."

— Joe T.

"A fantastic apocalyptic tale that is as much about the characters as the disaster. On the eve of a flu pandemic, actor Arthur Leander dies onstage. His story is unfolded as St. John Mandel weaves together his family and acquaintances. Time flows between past, present, and future as she explores art, survival, and ultimately, human connection."

— Consuelo

"The death of an actor on stage heralds the end of society as we know it in this eloquent and beautifully written novel. The connections that are made in the story transcend the collapse and illustrate how the most innocuous things can have significant value. The Traveling Symphony is a troupe of musicians and actors who travel the land entertaining isolated villages and among their number exist some who were around at the death of the actor, who remember a time when things were different; one keeps a copy of the unique graphic novel that the actor's first wife created, an illustrated note of hope that resonates with all the characters in unexpected ways."

— Raul

"I didn't want this book to end! Emily St. John Mandel has created an entirely plausible apocalypse and placed her fully realized characters right at the center of it. She effortlessly winds their seemingly unrelated stories together - I wasn't ready to say good-bye to her characters. It's a post-apocalyptic novel with heart." 

— Elizabeth

"Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Crisscrossing through time, the novel intermingles the narratives of a small group of people before and after a civilization destroying flu outbreak. Showing how ephemeral our present day culture and relationships are, Station Eleven is the perfect novel for fans of the films of Sophia Coppola. RIYL: The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger."

— Joe T.

"A fantastic apocalyptic tale that is as much about the characters as the disaster. On the eve of a flu pandemic, actor Arthur Leander dies onstage. His story is unfolded as St. John Mandel weaves together his family and acquaintances. Time flows between past, present, and future as she explores art, survival, and ultimately, human connection."

— Consuelo

"The death of an actor on stage heralds the end of society as we know it in this eloquent and beautifully written novel. The connections that are made in the story transcend the collapse and illustrate how the most innocuous things can have significant value. The Traveling Symphony is a troupe of musicians and actors who travel the land entertaining isolated villages and among their number exist some who were around at the death of the actor, who remember a time when things were different; one keeps a copy of the unique graphic novel that the actor's first wife created, an illustrated note of hope that resonates with all the characters in unexpected ways."

— Raul

"I didn't want this book to end! Emily St. John Mandel has created an entirely plausible apocalypse and placed her fully realized characters right at the center of it. She effortlessly winds their seemingly unrelated stories together - I wasn't ready to say good-bye to her characters. It's a post-apocalyptic novel with heart." 

— Elizabeth

September 2014 Indie Next List


“This is a harrowing and wonderful book -- blunt and elegant, wise and frightening, and utterly plausible at every turn. The characters are complicated, but their stories, short or long, are always deeply engaging. We -- our species -- always find ways, little by little, not just to survive but also to reestablish a sense of place, of community, and of compassion. Unsentimental yet deeply moving, Station Eleven is a terrific achievement.”
— John Christensen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

Description


An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly-acclaimed previous novels.

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, spellbinding 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410474179
ISBN-10: 1410474178
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: December 2014
Pages: 557
Language: English