“Survival is insufficient.”
—Emily St. John Mandell, Station Eleven
Published by Knopf in 2014, Station Eleven tells the story of a small band of actors and musicians 20 years after a flu pandemic has wiped out 99% of the Earth's population.
Station Eleven describes a world of hope, of people coping with nostalgia and loss, both in the present and the future, of the power of art and relationships to fulfill us, sustain us, and nurture us back to our best selves. "Station Eleven is ultimately and intentionally a hopeful book," says Mandel. And it's a reminder that art—a play, a comic book, a musical interlude, a museum display, even an apocalyptic novel—can be the best means towards cultivating a civilization and preserving our humanity.