017 Severance, Part 4

“Not working is maddening….The hours pass and pass and pass. Your mind goes into free fall, untethered from a routine. Time bends. You start remembering things. Past and present become indistinguishable” (221).

Imprisoned in a store at the Facility, Candace feels adrift without the schedule of work to adhere to. Even if her work was meaningless, it gave her life order. I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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016 Severance, Part 3

“I just want for you what your father wanted: to make use of yourself….No matter what, we just want you to be of use” (189).

As the Shen Fever takes over the world, Candace struggles with feeling like her work doesn’t give her life any meaning. Is she just wasting the opportunities her immigrant parents worked so hard to give her? I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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015 Severance, Part 2

“I liked working in an office. It took my mind off things” (75).

The truth is that Candace doesn’t entirely hate having to give up wandering around the city and taking photos to work a job that has little meaning to her. Finding meaning in her life continues to be a struggle, but finding routine seems to be a decent substitute. I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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014 Severance, Part 1

“The end begins before you are ever aware of it. It passes as ordinary” (9).

Severance is Ling Ma’s millennial zombie story. Centered around the, now, particularly chilling idea of a global pandemic, the story is a meditation on identity, work, and the need to find something meaningful to fill our time. I’m Veronica, and this is The English Chronicles, the book club for English language learners.

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