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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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  • Since there is no December meetup this year I have just chosen a Science Fiction book for us to read (no poll this month ladies but there will be a poll posted for February's book- mystery/thriller so please send you suggestions asap).

    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.

    Twenty 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.

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  • AnjaElisa

    Looking forward to it! I picked up the book last night and am already spellbound. Another good suggestion for a mystery/thriller is the classic "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier. See you all in January!

    1 · November 24

  • Daphne

    I can't make this one either unfortunately but I do have a suggestion for a possible mystery/thriller read: 'The Life We Bury' by Allen Eskens. It's so engrossing. I am reading it now and loving it.

    Anyway, hope to meet you all someday soon.

    November 23

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  • Bana W.
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    My name is Bana and I love to read as well as have some girl time now and then! :)

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    I'm a book reading nerd...that pretty much sums me up.

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