One of my favorite books is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It is an EPIC tale of the world after a global pandemic. This isn’t your typical end of the world book, it is beautifully written with a sweeping cast of well thought out and realized characters. It doesn’t stop at the immediate aftermath of the destruction, it carries on for years into the future so that we can take the journey with our characters and see where they wind up. If you haven’t read this, I beg you to pick it up asap! Anywho, I came across an article today on Emily’s publishers website with the good news that she is coming out with her next book! The Glass Hotel will be released in 2019 which is a long time to wait, but I know it will be worth it. Something else that was SUPER exciting I learned today is that Station Eleven is being developed into a Premium TV series (whatever that means?)!! Hopefully it means that a network like HBO will be developing it and not some public network. I find that networks like HBO, Showtime, etc. really can do so much more with large scale TV projects that originated as novels. I couldn’t imagine something like Game Of Thrones being made by ABC or NBC. It just wouldn’t be the sweeping EPIC that it is without the huge budget that HBO can give it. Station Eleven will need the same budget and power if it is to be made the way it deserves. I am posting the book summary for Station Eleven below, but please continue reading past it for the synopsis of her new book and also some information from the publisher and Emily herself.
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Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.
Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.
Here is the short summary of the new book:
The Glass Hotel begins in 2004, when a young cook named Nicole Stevenson disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania. Four years later, a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it. Moving back and forth in time, The Glass Hotel traces the intriguing tangle of lives caught up in both events.
In reading this summary, this book looks completely different than the book that hooked me on her writing. With that being said, I trust her as a writer and have a good feeling that this book will hook me just like Station Eleven did.
Sophie Jonathan, Senior Editor at Picador said:
‘Ever since Station Eleven, I’ve been waiting with bated breath to know what Emily would write next, and The Glass Hotel really blew me away. Emily’s prose is as thoughtful and as poignant as ever, and she has the most amazing ability to inject atmosphere and real drama simultaneously: I loved every one of these rich and vivid characters, they have so much to give the reader to think about – so much to say – and yet this narrative moves along with the pace of a thriller. To read The Glass Hotel is to gallop along both stunned by its elegance and caught up in its intriguing story, and there’s a brilliant surprise for readers in there too – a character they might just recognise . . . The Glass Hotel is a big, exciting novel and a brilliant follow-up to Station Eleven. I can’t wait to publish it.’
Emily St. John Mandel said:
‘Picador is a wonderful publisher, and Sophie Jonathan is a brilliant editor. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way Picador handled Station Eleven, so I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Sophie and her colleagues again on the new book.’
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