Books | Fiction / Literary
Emily St. John Mandel
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FINALIST • Set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse—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. • Now an original series on HBO Max. • Over one million copies sold!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.Look for Emily St. John Mandel’s bestselling new novel, Sea of Tranquility!
Emily St. John Mandel
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"The different characters and timelines come together like strands of a hair being woven into a braid. This book is a simple post-apocalyptic story more or less, but the way it is written really evokes the emotions of missing a world that doesn't exist anymore, which is something we can all relate to in a way. "
"Quite an imaginative story, a journey type, with a ragtag set of characters brought together into the future. The idea of musicians and actors traveling in the future captured my attention, and the world the author describes is made brighter by their mission to bring art and light into a world gone bleak."
"Apocalyptic tale about survivors of an art/music/acting colony and their travels for survival. "
Marie J Ervin