Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
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.
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
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty.
One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again.
Twenty years later Kirsten, an actress in the Travelling Symphony, performs Shakespeare in the settlements that have grown up since the collapse. But then her newly hopeful world is threatened.
If civilization was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it?