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Etiquette for an Apocalypse
by Anne Mendel

Published: 2012-04-23
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"The story...goes down dark corridors as the struggle to survive and bring some order into this new world is waged. This really is a great story, one that grabs you and keeps you until the end."
-Midwest Book Review

Etiquette for an Apocalypse
a post-apocalyptic comedy

It’s the 2020 ...
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"The story...goes down dark corridors as the struggle to survive and bring some order into this new world is waged. This really is a great story, one that grabs you and keeps you until the end."
-Midwest Book Review

Etiquette for an Apocalypse
a post-apocalyptic comedy

It’s the 2020 Apocalypse and Sophie Cohen must keep her family alive amid the grueling, sometimes strangely amusing, realities of starvation and violence. In all of this chaos, can she mobilize her community to find a serial killer and take on the sinister emerging power structure? Can she learn to use a pizza box/aluminum foil solar oven and a Glock 9mm? Can she resolve interminable high-drama clashes with her mother, daughter and husband? She might find that life--without her Prius, iPhone and chocolate éclairs—isn’t the end-of-the-world.

"After reading Anne Mendel’s highly original dark comedy, I’m convinced she is Janet Evanovich’s long-lost slightly evil twin."
-Marc Acito
award-winning novelist and NPR commentator

"A wild ride of entertainment for a jaded and cynical reading public, and a sunburst of hope for those despairing of the current human predicament."
-Win McCormack, Editor-in-Chief
TinHouse Magazine

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“Murder,” Bertrand whispers. He leans into me, nods, closes his eyes for just a second. What to say? So, what’s new? Life is murder? Murder most foul? I can’t have Bertrand going off the deep end, rowing with one oar or, worse, both oars on one side of our figurative Noah’s Ark. ... view entire excerpt...

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1. What personalities qualities do you think are best suited to hard times?

2. Why do you think Sophie was so good at surviving?

3. Building community is a central theme of the book. Are you taking chocolate chip cookies to your neighbors? (metaphorically speaking)

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