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
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. Download and start listening now!