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Grey County Reads: Station Eleven: A Novel

Posted: by Ashley on January 13, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the fourth of five books for Grey County Reads. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is being defended by Jenny Parsons.

Grey County Reads: Station Eleven: A Novel

Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theatre troupe known as the Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, 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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