In *The Story of Them* (a 90,000-word literary novel), a mysterious pandemic and its aftermath reduce the human population to mere millions worldwide. Along the Eastern Canada-U.S. border, ten canny survivors encounter each other while fleeing the cities, then decide to band together and pool their resources. After finding suitable shelter in the countryside and arranging informal divisions of labor, they start to tell stories about how they lived before and during the Events. Like the nobles in Boccaccio’s The Decameron, these seven women and three men – among them, a "historician" who becomes the group’s de facto leader, the Indo-Canadian medico who is his partner, a famous South African tenor caught on tour, a striking, near-mute young horseman, and a Cuban-born jill-of-all-trades – use the power of narrative to help them ride out the effects of a plague, and eventually adjust to a frighteningly changed world. They also come to realize their hidden talents and deficiencies – their own and each other’s. By story’s end, not only do we understand why these ten happened to be spared the plague, but we have a glimpse of what fresh challenges await them.
oh dear dog.
Miss Snark really is rather offended that she's not among the Elect.
You've fallen victim to using ethnicity as shorthand.
You've also described complete yawn of a plot. Surely there is a flaming coiffeured, poodle pampering difficult to live with literary agent to act as the antagonotrix somewhere in there.
And before you get all hot under the collar about that and start yapping about Chaucer, let's just remember what year this is.