by Emily St. John Mandel
“One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production. Jeevan Chaudhary, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside as life disintegrates outside.”
The initial scene in this book, described above, will draw you in; but you will stay because the world is irrevocably changed immediately afterward. It was fascinating to me to imagine what the world would be like if 99% of the population basically vanished in the space of a few weeks. As the book goes on, you learn how the characters survived (0r didn’t), and what happened to them in the time leading up to and immediately after the “Georgia Flu” spread. I liked the way this book emphasized two things: the way that seemingly personal decisions can affect so many over time, and the way art and culture still play such a significant role in a world that is ruled by survival.
“Lorelai and Rory are a mother and daughter who are sharing life’s ups and downs in a small town in Connecticut. This heartfelt, humorous drama appeals to young and old alike with it’s blend of traditional family issues and hip attitude.”
I had to pick this television series this month because my excitement over the reboot coming out on Netflix in November is only increasing every day. I very much hope that it lives up to the magnificence of the original series — but I think with Amy Sherman-Palladino back at the helm, it has a good chance. Anyway, if you haven’t seen the original seven seasons, now is your chance! If you like family-centered dramas with snappy dialogue a la The West Wing and lovable (but flawed) characters, try it out. I firmly believe that it is possible for almost anyone to be sucked into this show at least a little bit.
All summaries are from catalog.ccls.org.