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Book discussion of Severance by Ling Ma

Study Room
Wednesday, Nov 13, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Severance goes back and forth in time, contrasting protagonist Candace’s tedious office job with her travels across post-apocalyptic America. It’s a technique Ma uses to great effect—it’s jarring in a great way, making the horror of her new circumstances all the more intense. It’s a wicked satire of consumerism and work culture that induces winces rather than laughs, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining.

Hawthorne Library