Salvation City

Salvation City

eBook - 2010
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Seeking refuge in the home of an evangelical pastor after a flu pandemic decimates the planet's populations, thirteen-year-old orphan Cole witnesses the community's preparations for a prophesied religious cataclysm and struggles with memories of a very different world.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781101439395
Characteristics: 1 online resource (280 p.)


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Sep 08, 2018

While we're awash in post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels (What's this say about our current mood?), Sigrid Nunez's 2010 novel "Salvation City" offers a somewhat different take on familiar material. A flu pandemic has wiped out much of humanity, including the protagonist Cole's parents. A fundamentalist Christian family takes him in, and the book is as much about religion, which has been imagining the end of the world for millennia, as it as about disaster. It has some similarities with other literary works on the theme, including Walker Percy's "Love in the Ruins," Colson Whitehead's "Zone One," and "Station Eleven." I didn't love the ending. Very different than the other Nunez novel I read, "The Friend," which co-stars a dog.

debwalker Dec 14, 2010

"This coming-of-age story is complicated by an international flu pandemic that orphans the protagonist. Suddenly placed in an evangelical Christian home after being raised by atheist parents hostile toward religion, Cole must make sense of the changes to his life, family and the world, while struggling to find his place in it."
Top 10 Books of 2010: Amber Elbon, newsletter/web producer

"Among the slew of post-apocalyptic books published this year, Nunez's quiet recounting stands out. Cole Vining, teenage son of urban liberal atheists, is orphaned by a flu pandemic that kills millions worldwide. He's adopted by a charismatic fundamentalist preacher and his wife, who raise him in midwestern Salvation City. As Cole comes of age, he's trying to figure out his place in this new world, with its new values. Gripping and all too plausible."
Top 10 Books of 2010: Robin Lenz


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