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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1582344159
ISBN-13: 9781582344157
Sku: 36295650
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  244
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In 1988, a catastrophic episode of teen violence changes a suburban community forever. "Hey Nostradamus!" is Coupland's keenly observant exploration of this tragic landscape.
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In 1988, a stunning episode of teenage violence transforms a seemingly ordinary suburban community forever, as parents struggle to cope with their discovery of their children's underground world and the troubled survivors deal with their painful memories of what happened and its aftermath.
Pregnant and secretly married, Cheryl Anway scribbles what becomes her last will and testament on a school binder shortly before a rampaging trio of misfit classmates gun her down in a high school cafeteria. Overrun with paranoia, teenage angst, and religious zeal in the massacre's wake, this sleepy suburban neighborhood declares its saints, brands its demons, and moves on. But for a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day, life remains permanently derailed. Four dramatically different characters tell their stories: Cheryl, who calmly narrates her own death; Jason, the boy no one knew was her husband, still marooned ten years later by his loss; Heather, the woman trying to love the shattered Jason; and Jason's father, Reg, whose rigid religiosity has separated him from nearly everyone he loves. Hey Nostradamus! is an unforgettable portrait of people wrestling with spirituality and with sorrow and its acceptance.
In 1988, a stunning episode of teenage violence transforms a seemingly ordinary suburban community forever, as parents struggle to cope with their discovery of their children's underground world and the troubled survivors deal with their painful memories of what happened and its aftermath. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
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This account of a Columbine-ish massacre and its aftermath, is narrated by four characters: Cheryl, a highly religious teenager whose narrative leads up to the massacre (in which she is killed); Jason, the boy she was secretly married to, who survives; a woman Jason later becomes involved with; and Jason's father.
Author Bio
Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland, raised in Winnipeg, was once a sculptor, but inaugurated his career as a writer with a nonfiction book proposal about his generation; the book turned into fiction (GENERATION X, published in 1991) and became a bestseller and a cult favorite. His succeeding novels have never reached its heights; his 1994 LIFE AFTER GOD was chosen as one of the year's worst books by People magazine. Coupland, however, remains a spokesman for the generation that came of age in the 1980s, though he has said, vehemently, "I speak for myself, not for a generation. I never have." Coupland collects meteorites and letters.

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"There's some excellent material here, especially in the parts detailing the Christian youth group that Cheryl belonged to....Cleanly written but lacking steam." 04/15/2003

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0244
Product attributePublisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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