The novel selection for the 2017 NEA Big Read is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, originally published in 2014. Station Eleven is a haunting, elegiac novel about the events preceding and after a pandemic destroys civilization as we know it. Shifting back and forth in time and viewing events from multiple perspectives, it primarily follows a Shakespeare troupe who travel by horse and buggy. They survive by performing for the small towns and outposts that have formed after the pandemic devastated society.
With beautiful, insightful prose Station Eleven examines the purpose of art, the meaning of survival, and what it means to remember and be remembered. Station Eleven has won many awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. The novel was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
Free copies of Station Eleven will be available first come, first serve at public libraries and at Big Read events during the month of October 2017.
You can also find copies of Station Eleven, in digital, print, and audiobook on the Public Library catalog here.