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Girlfriend in a Coma

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ISBN13: 9780060987329
ISBN10: 0060987324
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After making love for the first time, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil confides to her boyfriend Richard of the dark visions she's been recently suffering. It's only a few hours later on that snowy Friday night in 1979 that she descends into a coma. Nine months later she gives birth to a daughter, Megan, her child by Richard, the protagonist of this disturbingly funny novel.

Karen remains comatose for the next seventeen years. Richard and her circle of friends reside in an emotional purgatory throughout the next two decades; passing through careers as models, film special effects technicians, doctors, and demolition experts, before finally being reunited on a conspiracy–driven supernatural television series.

Upon Karen's reawakening, life grows as surreal as their television show. With apocalyptic events occurring, Karen, Richard, and their friends explore the essential mysteries of life, faith, decency, and existence. Amid the world's rubble they attempt to restore their own humanity.

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"Part Stephen King, part It's a Wonderful Life, with a little of his own Generation X thrown in, Coupland's immensely readable new novel shows him scared of the future and sounding the alarm for the millennium." Booklist

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"[A] message of hope and a challenge to...cynicism." USA Today

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"To call Coupland the John Bunyon of his set would not be hyperbole, especially in light of his newest book, the...fantastical Girlfriend in a Coma, which at times approaches a jeremiad worthy of Kurt Vonnegut....[A] rousingly old-fashioned and genuinely spooky morality play." The Washington Post

Review:

"His strongest novel to date." People

Synopsis:

When Karen Ann MacNeil awakes from a coma after 18 years, strange, apocalyptic events begin to happen--and later, amid the world's rubble, she and her friends must struggle to restore their own humanity.

About the Author

Douglas Coupland was born on December 30, 1961, on a Canadian NATO base in West Germany. He grew up and lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Girlfriend in a Coma reestablishes Douglas Coupland as one of the most talented, engaging and important writers of his generation.Profoundly moving, darkly comic, this eerily prescient novel exploring questions of faith, decency and existence is set against the backdrop of a society hurtling toward the end of the century.As People magazine so deftly put it, "His voice still resonates with the generation he named."

He is the author of Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Life After God, and Microserfs.

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Annelle, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by Annelle)
just finished this one. an interesting story on how the world ends and whom is saved.
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Courtney Ellison, July 18, 2007 (view all comments by Courtney Ellison)
Enjoyable reading, relativly thought provoking, but did not make me believe in god as promised. Characters are much more likable then in his other works, maybe that is why I did not like this one as much. The resolution was also more sacherine then I expected. Despite this, I was happy I read it; the imagery alone was worth the time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060987329
Author:
Coupland, Douglas
Publisher:
ReganBooks
Author:
Coupland, Douglas
Author:
by Douglas Coupland
Author:
by Douglas Coupland
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Television programs
Subject:
Millennium
Subject:
Coma
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Regan books/Harper/Perennial ed.
Series Volume:
98-751
Publication Date:
March 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.05x5.30x.71 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages ReganBooks - English 9780060987329 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Part Stephen King, part It's a Wonderful Life, with a little of his own Generation X thrown in, Coupland's immensely readable new novel shows him scared of the future and sounding the alarm for the millennium."
"Review" by , "[A] message of hope and a challenge to...cynicism."
"Review" by , "To call Coupland the John Bunyon of his set would not be hyperbole, especially in light of his newest book, the...fantastical Girlfriend in a Coma, which at times approaches a jeremiad worthy of Kurt Vonnegut....[A] rousingly old-fashioned and genuinely spooky morality play."
"Review" by , "His strongest novel to date."
"Synopsis" by , When Karen Ann MacNeil awakes from a coma after 18 years, strange, apocalyptic events begin to happen--and later, amid the world's rubble, she and her friends must struggle to restore their own humanity.

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