Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 40 minutes
First Published: 2014
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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.
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.
Quotes from Station Eleven
Hell is the absence of the people you long for.
First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.
They spend all their lives waiting for their lives to begin.
What I mean to say is, the more you remember, the more you’ve lost.
About Emily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel is the author of five books, including Station Eleven, Last Night in Montreal, Sea of Tranquility, and The Glass Hotel. Mandel currently lives in New York City. Visit the author’s website →