Emily St. John Mandel

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Photograph: Dese'Rae L. Stage


Assistant: Seren Adams


Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Her previous novels are THE LOLA QUARTET, THE SINGER'S GUN, and LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL, all of which have been reissued by Picador. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her short fiction and essays have been included in numerous anthologies. She is married and lives in New York City. STATION ELEVEN, Emily's latest novel, was published by Picador in September 2014 and was a National Book Award for Fiction finalist. 


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The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

Civilization has crumbled.

A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.

But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed prophet .

Thrilling, unique and deeply moving, this is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything even the end of the world.