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Station Eleven Lesson Plan

Introduction to Station Eleven

Station Eleven is Emily St. John Mandel's fourth novel and was included on many lists as one of the best books of 2014. It tells of a post-apocalyptic near future where 99% of the world's population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic. The narrative unfolds in a non-linear manner, opening with the onstage death of a famous actor named Arthur Leander the day the flu outbreak begins. Mandel weaves a tale of characters with complex connections, skipping from Arthur's life as he became famous to twenty years after the pandemic to the days just after the flu. Unlike many post-apocalyptic works, Station Eleven is a story of hope, and Mandel's ability to connect with readers is clear from the...

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