This month’s Stacks Book Club selection is Severance, a novel by Ling Ma. Part post-apocalyptic horror, part office satire – and a biting indictment of late-stage capitalism – it tracks millennial Candace Chen through the outbreak and aftermath of a fever which leaves most Americans dead. Carrying a dangerous secret of her own, a conflicted Candace joins a group of survivors intent on rebuilding society from the ground up. The book is a hilarious, deadpan coming-of-age tale and a poignant family story. Severance is the author’s first novel; it won a 2018 Kirkus Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.
We will discuss Severance by Ling Ma on Wednesday, November 29th. You can find out who our guest will be by listening to our November 1st episode. If you’d like even more discussion around the book, consider joining The Stacks Pack on Patreon and participating in The Stacks’ monthly virtual book club.
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