Author Emily St. John Mandel explains our post-apocalyptic fears

November 19, 2014 1:06 PM

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AUSTIN - Not long ago,Emily St. John Mandel was known as the author of three well-regarded literary noir novels that not a lot of people read. Call them "critically acclaimed, but terrible-selling," she says.

Publishers fought over the manuscript. The book debuted in September to enthusiastic reviews and crackedThe New York Times best-sellers list. It's being translated into 13 languages. And Wednesday, it's up for a National Book Award.

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