book “review”: Station Eleven

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I don’t believe in “must-read” book lists — or in book reviews, per se — but I do love to offer suggestions. This novel is one of many I’ve read and adored, and that (like all the others here) I’ve found to be particularly engrossing, magical, relaxing, comforting, insightful, and beautifully written. If you haven’t yet read this one but would like to add it to your to-be-read pile, you can purchase a copy at one of the links below.

 

Post-apocalyptic fiction is very much *not* my thing, and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven is even about a devastating flu-like virus that sweeps across the world, rendering it unrecognizable. A little too close to home at the moment, I’d say.

 

But …

 

This book is achingly lovely and life-affirming and, in the end, so hopeful. I absolutely loved this book. It’s been ages since I first read it, and I’ve often found myself thinking about it in the years between then and now.

 

If you haven’t read it (and IF you won’t be too bothered by the parallels between this fictional world and our current reality), I hope you’ll give this one a try.

 

 

Disclosure: If you follow one of my links to Bookshop.org — and if you buy a book from my storefront on the site — I receive a small percentage of the sale, at no extra cost to you. And a percentage of the sale is also added to the pool of funds that Bookshop.org distributes among independent brick-and-mortar bookstores. (As of Dec. 2020, less than a year since the website launched, that earnings pool already totals more than $10 million!)

 

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