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Station Eleven & Fates and Furies

Posted: by Emma on September 26, 2016

Two books so good they are almost indescribable.

Station Eleven & Fates and Furies

My two favourite books that I read this year were Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel & Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I always recommend these novels to friends and patrons, but when it comes to describing them…I draw a blank.  These books are almost best to dive into without any knowledge of their plots or any pre-conceived notions.  Here are my (brief) reviews on both...

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel

I loved this book so much that I finished it in two days.  A dystopian novel that touches on the time before and after a pandemic that wipes out most of the population. This book was a masterpiece. Written by a young Canadian, it has an amazing web of characters and touches on the human condition, friendship, hope, survival, heroism, and it evens comes with a touch of Shakespeare. A must-read for all!  Place a hold on the library's copy today.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

This book caused a splash when Barack Obama claimed it was his favourite book of 2015.  And I agree, it was my favourite as well.  Lauren Groff writes quirky, interesting characters like no other. I enjoyed her novel, Monsters of Templeton, but Fates and Furies was a work of genius. Quite simply this book is about marriage and secrets. It's also about love, family, art, and magic. The prose was brilliant and there were just so many layers, almost to the point that I am sure most of it was going over my head (which made me appreciate her writing even more.)  I cannot wait to reread this novel. Place your hold on the library's copy.

 

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