Synopses & Reviews
Douglas Coupland takes his sparkling literary talent in a new direction with this crackling collection of takes on life and death in North America -- from his sweeping portrait of Grateful Dead culture to the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe and the middle class.
For years, Coupland's razor-sharp insights into what it means to be human in an age of technology have garnered the highest praise from fans and critics alike. At last, Coupland has assembled a wide variety of stories and personal "postcards" about pivotal people and places that have defined our modern lives. Polaroids from the Dead is a skillful combination of stories, fact and fiction -- keen outtakes on life in the late 20th century, exploring the recent past and a society obsessed with celebrity, crime and death. Princess Diana, Nicole Brown Simpson and Madonna are but some of the people scrutinized.
A remarkable book that is by turns funny and illuminating, powerful and enthralling, "Polaroids from the Dead" takes readers inside the lives of an assortment of rich and touching characters as they wrestle with the considerable demands and trials of life in America today. Photos.
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.