Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: May 28, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Dystopian | Coming of Age
The fates of a cast of seemingly unconnected people
converge during the celebration of an ancient holiday in a
thought-provoking debut that brings to mind such novels as
Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles.
In Domenica Ruta's profoundly original debut novel, the end
of the world comes every year. Or at least it's supposed to.
On May 3, humanity comes together to anticipate the planet's
demise--and to celebrate as if the day were truly their last.
Sarah is a bookish teenager infatuated with Kurt, a tattoo
artist, whom she met at her parents' Last Day celebration a
year earlier. Kurt is still haunted with guilt over his role
in the death of his young love and wants to make holiday
amends to her family. Karen is a misfit with a dysfunctional
background who works at the local YMCA, where she keeps
getting into trouble--especially when she sets off to find a
long-lost adoptive brother. Her friend Rosette has left the
Jehovah's Witnesses to follow a new pastor at the Kingdom of
God, where she brings Karen on this fateful Last Day.
Meanwhile, in space, a group of international astronauts--an
American, a Russian, and a billionaire Japanese space
tourist--observe Last Day from afar.
With sparkling wit, dazzling vividness, and wild
imagination, Last Day is an exciting introduction of
a literary talent--and by the end a haunting meditation on
the fate of humanity and our planet.
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