W.W.B. Book Club: "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel
W.W.B. (Women Write Books) is a reading group that celebrates women authors in both classic and contemporary works!
This month the club will be discussing Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production. Jeevan Chaudhary, 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 as life disintegrates outside. This 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.
" Station Eleven is so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn't have put it down for anything."
-- Ann Patchett
"A genuinely unsettling dystopian novel that also allows for moments of great tenderness. Emily St. John Mandel conjures indelible visuals, and her writing is pure elegance." --Patrick deWitt
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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