Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Kindle Edition, 2014
The story opens with the onstage death of an actor, Arthur Leander, then moves back and forth between his former life and a post-apocalyptic future. We meet a variety of characters, disparate except for their connection to Leander.
In the future we follow an itinerant group of actors and musicians travelling their route between settlements and providing entertainment, news and culture in a shattered world. When I described this book to someone at work she said “surely people would have better things to do than watch plays”. Her comment made me indescribably sad… for her.
This book is beautiful, painful, exciting and thought provoking. Highly recommended.