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Station Eleven

by (author) Emily St John Mandel

Publisher
HarperCollins
Initial publish date
Sep 2014
Category
General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781443434881
    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443434874
    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
    $21.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443434867
    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
    $21.99

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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 theatre 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.

About the author

EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award and the Morning News Tournament of Books; and has been translated into thirty-one languages. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Awards

  • Unknown, OLA Evergreen Award

Editorial Reviews

Station Eleven is so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn’t have put it down for anything.

Ann Patchett

Deeply melancholy, but beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac. . . . A book that I will long remember, and return to.

George R. R. Martin

It’s hard to imagine a novel more perfectly suited, in both form and content, to this literary moment.

<em>The New Yorker</em>

Gracefully written and suspenseful. . . . Its evocation of the collapse of our civilization is powerful.

<em>National Post</em>

A novel that carries a magnificent depth. . . . It’s a sweeping look at where we are, how we got here and where we might go. While her previous novels are cracking good reads, this is her best yet.

<em>The Globe and Mail</em>

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