Join Mickayla Eldridge on Monday, October 10 at 6:30 for a discussion of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room.
Moving from the first days of a flu pandemic that wipes out most of the world's population to years before it and decades after, this haunting novel examines the lives of several people all connected by one central character. Arthur Leander, a famous Hollywood actor, dies suddenly on stage performing King Lear on the eve of the pandemic. His young cast mate, Kirsten—who was only a child when civilization collapsed—now travels around a ravaged countryside performing in a Shakespeare troupe dedicated to keeping art and music alive in a mostly dead world. When the troupe arrives in the small settlement of St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. The strange twists of fate that connect the cast of characters and their individual stories are revealed as the novel moves forward.
Mickayla Eldridge grew up in Claiborne County and is now the Program Director for Friends of Literacy. She holds a master's degree in business administration. She enjoys sewing and poorly maintaining her garden, and is looking forward to her first time facilitating All Over the Page.