Emily St. John Mandel's post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven was already a finalist for the National Book Award, but now it's racked up another encomium. It's one of the finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. And separately, George R.R. Martin pimped it pretty hard for the Hugo.
Here's what the judges had to say about this year's finalists:
The finalists we chose are writing some of the best of American fiction now – urgent and profound work that is deeply engaged with our world, even as it redefines what we call 'American fiction,' and what we think of as America.
And here's what Martin wrote about Station Eleven in his Hugo recommendations post:
As best I can recall, I've never met Emily St. John Mandel, and I've never read anything else by her, but I won't soon forget STATION ELEVEN. One could, I suppose, call it a post-apocolypse novel, and it is that, but all the usual tropes of that subgenre are missing here, and half the book is devoted to flashbacks to before the coming of the virus that wipes out the world, so it's also a novel of character, and there's this thread about a comic book and Doctor Eleven and a giant space station and... oh, well, this book should NOT have worked, but it does. It's a deeply melancholy novel, but beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac... a book that I will long remember, and return to.
And in case you missed it, we interviewed Mandel about writing post-apocalyptic fiction a while back.