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May 17, 2016

Book Spotlight: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Wow! It's been so long since I last posted! Because my classes have taken up all my time and focus, blogging has definitely been put on the back burner. But the spring semester is coming to a close this week so I figured I'd spotlight one of the books I read for my English class that I surprisingly enjoyed quite a bit.

If not for this class, I really wouldn't have picked it up or even given it a second look but I'm glad that it was a required text because I discovered a new author and book that was out of the norm for me . . . and it's always good to mix up the genres every now and then!

For today's spotlight, I'll be sharing a few of my favorite quotes from Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

About the book:

Title: Station Eleven
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday/Vintage Books
Release date: September 9, 2014
Age group: Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopia

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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.

Top five favorite quotes:

  • "She had never entirely let go of the notion that if she reached far enough with her thoughts she might find someone waiting, that if two people were to cast their thoughts outward at the same moment they might somehow meet in the middle."—page 121

  • "The forest had crept up to the edges of the school parking lot and sent an advance party out toward the building, small trees growing through cracks in the pavement."—page 128

  • "The first few trees visible before her, monochrome contrasts of black shadow and white moonlight, and beyond that an entire continent, wilderness uninterrupted from ocean to ocean with so few people left between the shores."—page 136

  • "A fragment for my friend—
    If your soul left this earth I would follow and find you 
    Silent, my starship suspended in night"—page 141

  • "The beauty of this world where almost everyone was gone. If hell is other people, what is a world with almost no people in it? Perhaps soon humanity would simply flicker out, but Kirsten found this thought more peaceful than sad. So many species had appeared and later vanished from this earth; what was one more? How many people were even left now?"—page 148

About the author:

Author photo by Dese'Rae L. Stage
Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. Her most recent novel, Station Eleven, was a finalist for a 2014 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Her previous novels were Last Night in Montreal, The Singer’s Gun, and The Lola Quartet. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Connect with Emily St. John Mandel: Website | Tumblr | Twitter | Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. This book is fantastic! I read it last fall and couldn't put it down. And I must say, I just stumbled onto your blog today, and I think it's fantastic! :)

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