Imprint:McClelland & Stewart
Dimensions:8.26in x 5.56 x 1.16 in | 1 lb
Page Count:440 pages
AUDIENCE: For readers of novels where catastrophe is a catalyst for stories of human relationships, like Greenwood, Station Eleven, An Ocean of Minutes, The Leftovers, Severance, and The End We Start From, as well as engrossing novels of interconnected lives like Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, Tommy Orange’s There There, and the work of Meg Wolitzer, Joanne Proulx, and Celeste Ng.
HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO AUTHOR’S 2016 CANADA READS SHORTLISTED DEBUT NOVEL
SPECTRE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES INCREASINGLY TOPICAL: The ongoing coverage of COVID-19 and the recent measles outbreaks reminds us how quickly a contagion can spread, and how vulnerable we remain to them in our interconnected world. Saleema did such an excellent job in researching the SARS and Ebola outbreaks that many of the details about the ARAMIS virus track with what we know so far about how the coronavirus has been spreading.
EXCEPTIONAL WORLD-BUILDING: The persistence of everyday life in the midst of an emerging pandemic is memorably evoked. From benefit concerts, spam about miracle cures, the risks of food hoarding and ethnic scapegoating, what’s up for offer on the Dark Web, reminders about wearing your masks and gloves—rich details ensure that the world of this novel is highly recognizable and entirely believable.
"Given the strengths of the book, and Nawaz's gifts as a writer, Songs for the End of the World was always going to be a great novel, no matter when it was published. Appearing now, however, it also serves as a pool of warm light in the darkness." —Toronto Star
"Powerful. . . . Songs for the End of the World would be a riveting read at any time with its rich array of inter-connected stories, featuring characters in a wide variety of time periods and places. . . . There is definitely a hopeful message and, though it doesn't gloss over the dark side of how we react to a horrible catastrophe, in the end it's all about people coming together in the darkest of times." —Montreal Gazette
"A haunting and ultimately hopeful story, told by a half-dozen intricately linked characters who struggle to face down panic and despair, about the fragility of human connection and the lengths to which even ordinary people will go to keep it alive.” —Brian Bethune, Maclean’s
"Astounding. . . . The book is surprisingly reassuring. If someone could have imagined what we're going through in such vivid details, it somehow makes the situation less scary, less predictable, more knowable." —Globe and Mail
"Songs for the End of the World is a world apart from many of the dystopian stories that preceded it. Rather than honing in on panic, Nawaz focuses on family, love and community—experiences that may closely echo what we're all going through right now. . . . Immersive and hopeful, her book is as a reminder that we are not alone, even in the most troubling of times." —Maisonneuve
"A total page-turner . . . Surprisingly hopeful to read." —Becky Toyne, CBC Radio's Day 6
"A study in how humans react in the face of the daunting unknown. While some disaster-themed books, films, TV shows and the like depict chaos, vigilantism and societal breakdown, Nawaz highlights the ways in which people connect and foster a sense of community in the face of such widespread disaster. . . . [Emphasizes] the humanity of her characters—the ways in which they persevere and come together in the face of adversity." —Winnipeg Free Press
"In these dark days, Saleema Nawaz dares to write of hope. Songs for the End of the World is a loving, vivid, tenderly felt novel about men, women, and a possible apocalypse. I couldn't put it down." —Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors and The Wagers