Station Eleven

Station Eleven

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154.94 x 208.28 x 43.18mm | 521.63g
  • Knopf Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0385353308
  • 9780385353304
  • 133,552

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Praise for "Station Eleven" "A movie star who's decided to pound the boards as King Lear collapses and dies mid-performance, and shortly thereafter civilization collapses and starts dying as well. The narrative then moves between the actor's early career and a journey through the blasted landscape 15 years after the book's opening events. Indie Next darling Mandel breaks out with a major publisher." -- "Library Journal" ""Station Eleven" is the kind of book that speaks to dozens of the readers in me---the Hollywood devotee, the comic book fan, the cult junkie, the love lover, the disaster tourist. It is a brilliant novel, and Emily St. John Mandel is astonishing." -- Emma Straub, author of "The Vacationers " ""Station Eleven" is a firework of a novel. Elegantly constructed and packed with explosive beauty, it's full of life and humanity and the aftershock of memory." -- Lauren Beukes, author of "The Shining Girls" "Disturbing, inventive and exciting, "Station Eleven" left me wistful for a world where I still live." -- Jessie Burton, author of "The Miniaturist"show more

About Emily St John Mandel

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.comshow more

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194,513 ratings
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4 41% (79,868)
3 18% (34,490)
2 4% (8,661)
1 2% (4,083)
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