Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Book, Movie, or TV Show Set In or Near Your Town

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel book cover. Image on cover shows tents with lights shining in them. The tents have been placed on a grassy field. It’s midnight and dark out. There have been quite a few books set in Toronto over the years!

One of the recent ones was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I read it when it first came out in 2014 and do remember enjoying it.

Since my brain has decided to only retain vague memories of what I liked about it and why, here is the official blurb :

Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

If you like books that are half science fiction and half literary fiction, you might enjoy this one!

Someday I’ll try to read it again and see if I can dislodge any old memories of it. Isn’t it irritating when you read a book but can’t remember much about it at all? 🙂

16 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Book, Movie, or TV Show Set In or Near Your Town

  1. I’ll have to check that one out… it sounds interesting. And, I like it when I find a book I know I’ve read, but can’t remember anything about it. It gives me the chance to read it again … lol. My post, if you want to stop by, is here.

  2. Really enjoyed that book, Have you read her latest one called The Glass Hotel. Really engrossing book though I’m not sure I can tell you what the point of it was…..

    Books set near my home? Well by coincidence today I finished reading one that fits that description perfectly. It’s called The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi. It’s set in Cardiff, capital of Wales. Superb book that was shortlisted for the booker prize in 2000

    • No, I haven’t read The Glass Hotel yet. I’m glad you liked it so much.

      The Hiding Place sounds really good, too. I’m looking it up now. 🙂

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