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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


A traveling Shakespearean theatre company in post-apocalyptic North America. A novel about friendship, memory, love, celebrity, our obsession with objects, oppressive dinner parties, comic books, knife-throwing, and the relationships that sustain us. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender. This is the author’s fourth novel.

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.

A National Book Award Finalist
A PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

Look for Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel, The Glass Hotel, available in March.


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a New York Times bestseller, and chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, TimeOut New York, and others.

An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, ambition and fame in the the eerie days before and after civilization’s collapse.

In this novel, a famous Hollywood actor dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star, to 15 years in the future when a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains in post-apocalyptic N. America. This suspenseful, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress. All caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender. A story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Paperback: ISBN 978-0804172448.

emily st. john mandel station elevenEmily St. John Mandel was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and lived briefly in Montreal.

Station Eleven is a National Book Award Finalist, PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist, Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist, Longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize (formerly the Orange Prize) and for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. It is a winner of The Morning News 2015 Tournament of Books, an American Library Association Notable Book, named best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly and BookPage. It was also named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O Magazine, The Huffington Post, and several other publications; #2 on the Publisher’s Lunch Best of the Best Books of 2014 list; the 2015-2016 Great Michigan Read selection; a Texas Library Association Lariat List book; a Barnes & Noble Discover pick; and a Indie Next pick

Emily lives in New York City with her husband. St. John is Emily’s middle name. Her books are filed under M.

Featured positive reviews:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Hidden FieldHidden FieldStation Eleven 05/30/2015
By Carolyn Marks
I loved this book. The chatacters feel like real people and the writing is beautiful. And talk about a strong female lead! I originally got it from the library, but the prose and unique story line made me need to own it. People Called Women ordered and shipped it to me right away!

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