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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 eclairs — isn't the end-of-the-world.

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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

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"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, NPR commentator

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"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, Tin House Magazine

About the Author

Anne Mendel grew up in Arkansas and actually attended Miss Ashleigh's Charm School. She learned absolutely nothing about dealing with disasters, (unless breaking a high heel is a disaster).

Before she began writing full time she used her Master's Degree in Community Organizing to advocate for women and girls.

Mendel's two sons are in college. She lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

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maynardbutts, July 11, 2012 (view all comments by maynardbutts)
2020, a post apocalyptic family set in Portland, Oregon where the cast of characters is rich, witty and tangible. Sophie Cohen and her husband Bertrand are dealing with the inevitable issues of disease, starvation and safety. Sophie and Bertrand’s relationship, although emotionally strained, has one focus and that is to keep their surviving family members safe. They live on the 11th floor of a high rise with their teenage daughter Sasha and Sophie’s mother Lulu-who seems to be unaffected by this new world.

Initially, you think Lulu is crazy yet you fall in love her with in an endearing "I won’t accept what’s really happening way." In order to keep their family secure and fed, Sophie uses her autistic brother Mitchell’s talents at drug making to trade for goods. Bertrand uses his medical background to heal those in need and provide security to his family. The plot thickens when women begin to turn up murdered and Sophie and Bertrand take it upon themselves to solve the mystery behind the serial killings.

Etiquette for an Apocalypse isn’t like other sci-fi apocalyptic novels. Instead, it deals more with the reality of violence, a lack of a fast food joints on every corner and a longing for security, but in a darkly comedic way. Sophie, our heroine, (albeit unlikely heroine) consistently thinks about food. It’s what I imagine all of us would go through if we were in this position.

Anne Mendel sheds a light so clearly and so naturally you get lost in this uber fast read. She has a way of writing appreciation for the things you have and to providing a thrilling ride into lives of people that could easily be your own friends and family.
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Thrasher, June 1, 2012 (view all comments by Thrasher)
Arrested Development meets the Hunger Games!
Engaging with dark humor from beginning to end. It's as if the Bluth family from Arrested Development got caught in the Hunger Games.
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mulliner, April 27, 2012 (view all comments by mulliner)
This is enormous (if dystopian) fun. It's set in Portland, several years after the apocalypse (massive volcanic eruption, etc) has wiped out any central government, travel or trade. The protagonist's life has pretty much settled down, with the residents of a condo in NW Portland managing to grow food and trade for necessities. They aren't quite starving any more, though they're getting very tired of kale and carrots. Sophie's living with her husband, her mom, and her teenage daughter, and if her mind often drifts off into daydreams about butter or steak, that's to be expected. There's no longer mayhem, though you keep the front door barricaded and you don't go out after dark. Alas, one of the local powers decides to muscle out the other gang, and Sophie and her family are caught in the middle of it. Sophie finds herself, and her doctor husband, to be highly unlikely action heroes, but then they've had to learn to do all sorts of things they never expected, and they do the best they can. Sophie's internal monologue, fuming as her mom comments on her "finally reaching her idea weight", sighing over her daughter's teenage rebellion, and longing for Nutella, is wonderful. The character of her husband, Bernard, is wonderful, too, and I love how she sketches their relationship. As a Portlander myself, I also got a kick out of the local setting -- how nice to see the Armory Theatre go back to its roots as an armory!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780984893003
Author:
Mendel, Anne
Publisher:
Brackets Press
Subject:
Humor : General
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "After reading Anne Mendel's highly original dark comedy, I'm convinced she is Janet Evanovich's long-lost slightly evil twin."
"Review" by , "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."
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