On Sale: May 7, 2019
Featuring: Candace Chen; Bob
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Science Fiction | Humor
Maybe itâ€™s the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a
millennial, first-generation American and office drone
meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Maâ€™s offbeat,
wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.
Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a
Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the
recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, sheâ€™s had
her fill of uncertainty. Sheâ€™s content just to carry on: She
goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone
Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her
So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical
proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads.
Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways
screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a
dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon
entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie,
abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost.
Candace wonâ€™t be able to make it on her own forever, though.
Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech
Bob. Theyâ€™re traveling to a place called 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 take down of the rituals, routines, and missed
opportunities of contemporary life, Ling Maâ€™s Severance is a
moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and
a hilarious, deadpan satire.
Most important, itâ€™s a heartfelt tribute to the connections
that drive us to do more than survive.
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