The Book Group: ‘Severance’ by Ling Ma

Date: 14 April 2020

Time: 1930-2100

Price: Free of Charge

This session will discuss ‘Severance’ by Ling Ma. Claire Fuller, a local author, will guide the discussion in the relaxed and informal setting of our little café-bar. You are very welcome to join us – it’s free of charge but do secure your place by booking online through the Eventbrite page by clicking on JOIN US, below. Please note that this is a book discussion event and the author, Ling Ma, will not be in attendance.

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine: her work, watching movies with her boyfriend, avoiding thoughts of her recently deceased Chinese immigrant parents. So she barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps the world. Candace joins a small group of survivors, led by the power-hungry Bob, on their way to the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers? A send-up and takedown of the rituals, routines and missed opportunities of contemporary life, Severance is a moving family story, a deadpan satire and a heartfelt tribute to the connections that drive us to do more than survive.

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