Pandemic Fiction

March 11, 2021

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We owe you—our readers, our community in Montréal and beyond—a huge THANK YOU for your support of your neighborhood bookstore(s) in the year since the pandemic was declared. We’ve had our ups and downs and challenges but are so grateful for the many ways we’ve felt your support over the past year. 

Here are some Fiction titles for folks who find reading novels about pandemics is their jam, even one year in:

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Severance by Ling Ma

“Severance is the best work of fiction I’ve read yet about (...) the alienation and cruelty that comes with being a functional person under advanced global capitalism (...) In this novel, doom is inevitable, and yet it comes so slowly you might not even notice it.” —Jia Tolentino

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The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai

"A compelling read about ostracization, disease, technology, tolerance, and survival in a society facing extinction from a horrific pandemic." -The Advocate 

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Songs for the End of the World by Saleema Nawaz

A coronavirus sweeps the world in 2020. Written in the five years preceding 2020. Montrealer Saleema Nawaz wrote this book in the five years leading up to our current pandemic. Once she submitted the manuscript, her imagined pandemic gave way to an actual one. This book is a must-read novel and we nominate it for most uncanny work of literature to read during the pandemic! 

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Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Beautiful illustrated edition.

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Zone One by Colson Whitehead

A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected.

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The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay

As disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country, Jean realizes this is no ordinary flu: its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A darkly glittering novel about art, fame and ambition, set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse.

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A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen.

Six years after a virus wiped out most of the planet’s population, former pop star Moira is living under a new identity to escape her past.

 "...too relatable, and perhaps even disturbing (...) [but] the beauty of Chen’s novel is that it doesn’t dwell in the darkness." -BookTrib

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Although technically not a pandemic novel, this one is certainly relatable for many of us:  

The story of a year spent at home under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be.

 We ship Canada wide, offer bike deliveries in Montreal, prepaid pickups and socially distanced in store shopping. 

Thanks so much!

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A Beginning at the End

Mike Chen

Featured in Polygon's Best of 2020“The best kind of dystopian novel: one rooted deeply in the hearts of his characters and emphasizing hope and...

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Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

Summer of Canadian Reading 2019Winner of the Toronto Book Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner...

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh

Entertainment Weekly’s #1 Book of 2018“One of the most compelling protagonists modern fiction has offered in years: a loopy, quietly furious pillhead whose Ambien...

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Songs for the End of the World

Saleema Nawaz

"In these dark days, Saleema Nawaz dares to write of hope. Songs for the End of the World is a loving, vivid, tenderly felt...

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Tiger Flu

Larissa Lai

In this visionary novel by Larissa Lai -- her first in sixteen years -- a community of parthenogenic women, sent into exile by patriarchal...

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Zone One

Colson Whitehead

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel BoysA pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected,...

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The Animals in That Country

Laura Jean McKay

Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She’s never been good...

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Love in the Time of Cholera (Illustrated Edition)

Gabriel García Márquez

A beautifully packaged edition of one of García Márquez's most beloved novels, with never-before-seen color illustrations by the Chilean artist Luisa Rivera and an...

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Ling Ma

Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize, A PEN/Hemingway and NYPL Young Lions Finalist,ANew York TimesNotable Book of 2018,An Indie Next SelectionA Best Book of...

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