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Mac's Backs Book Club discusses Severance

Mac's Backs Book Club discusses Severance by Ling Ma

Join us to discuss Ling Ma's prescient novel, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book.

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she's had her fill of uncertainty. She's content just to carry on, ... so Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost.

"Severance is the best work of fiction I've read yet about the millennial condition--the alienation and cruelty that comes with being a functional person under advanced global capitalism, and the compromised pleasures and irreducibly personal meaning to be found in claiming some stability in a terrible world. I love how, in this novel, doom is inevitable, and yet it comes so slowly you might not even notice it. Ling Ma has written one of my favorite novels of the year." --Jia Tolentino, New Yorker staff writer

[A] standout debut. Satiric and playful--as well as scary . . . Ling Ma is an assured and inventive storyteller [and her novel] reflects on the nature of human identity and how much the repetitive tasks we perform come to define who we are. . . . A sardonic wake-up call. --Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air, National Public Radio

The book is available through our website at the 20% book club discount. Click below to order. Due to the Covid-19 shutdown, our store is completely online at present. This meeting may take place on Zoom. Contact grace.macsbacks@gmail.com for details.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019