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From the publisher
Named a Best Book of 2018 by: NPR • Elle • Marie Claire • Buzzfeed • Refinery29 • Jezebel • Bustle • Electric Literature • Lit Hub • BookPage • Bookish • Mental Floss • Chicago Review of Books • HuffPost • Electric Literature • A.V. Club • Jezebel • Vulture
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.