Emily St. John Mandel to be speaker at Milwaukee library fundraiser

Inadvertently but perhaps also presciently, Emily St. John Mandel published a great pandemic novel a few years before COVID-19 rampaged across the world.

“Station Eleven” (2014) imagined life in North America after virulent swine flu tore society apart. A recent HBO Max miniseries has extended the life of her story from her.

The Canadian writer’s new novel, “Sea of ​​Tranquility” (Knopf), also speaks to our pandemic time, without being didactic or overtly documentary about it. This slim novel is written in a cool, elegant voice, like that of a singer who never wastes a note and who suggests strong emotion underneath her reserve.

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