Station Eleven

Station Eleven

Station Eleven book cover

Emily St. John Mandel

February 13, at 7:00 PM
Board Room

Discussion led by Kifflie Scott

Refreshments provided by Menomonee Falls Library Friends.

Books are available at the 2nd Floor Information Desk.

Synopsis

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells 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.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, 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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Free copies of the Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel are available at the Library, while supplies last.

  • Monday, February 10, 3:15 – 4:15 PM
    Menomonee Falls High School Media Center, N80 W14350 Titan Dr.
    Hosted by the Film and Novel Society.
  • Thursday, February 13, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
    Menomonee Falls Public Library
    Refreshments provided by Menomonee Falls Library Friends.
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
    Main Mill, N88 W16521 Main St
    Food and beverages available for purchase. No purchase necessary.
  • Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
    Just the Facts Book Club
    Menomonee Falls Public Library
    This nonfiction book club will discuss Influenza by Dr. Jeremy Brown.
  • Wednesday, February 26, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
    Purloin Studios, N88 W16567 Main St.
    Food and beverages available for purchase. No purchase necessary.
  • Thursday, February 27, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Books & Brownies
    Menomonee Falls Public Library
    Dystopian day! Have brownies and discuss Station Eleven and other dystopian books. For teens ages 12-18.
  • Monday, March 2, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
    Waterlin Coffee Bar & Bistro (at Delta Hotel), N88 W14750 Main St.
    Food and beverages available for purchase. Extended Happy Hour snacks and drinks until 10:00 PM! No purchase necessary.
  • Thursday, March 5, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, N89 W16849 Appleton Ave.
    Refreshments provided by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.
  • Thursday, March 5, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
    Menomonee Falls Community Center, Rm. 106, W152 N8645 Margaret Rd.
  • Friday, March 13, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
    Fiddleheads, N88 W16621 Appleton Ave.
    Food and beverages available for purchase. No purchase necessary.

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