Girlfriend in a Coma

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9780002257541: Girlfriend in a Coma

Girls, memory, parenting, millennial fear – all served Coupland-style.

Karen, an attractive, popular student, goes into a coma one night in 1979. Whilst in it, she gives birth to a healthy baby daughter; once out of it, a mere eighteen years later, she finds herself, Rip van Winkle-like, a middle-aged mother whose friends have all gone through all the normal marital, social and political traumas and back again...

This tragicomedy shows Coupland in his most mature form yet, writing with all his customary powers of acute observation, but turning his attention away from the surface of modern life to the dynamics of modern relationships, and doing so with all the sly wit and weird accuracy we expect of the soothsaying author of Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Life After God, Microserfs and Polaroids from the Dead.

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In this latest novel from the poet laureate of Gen X--who is himself now a dangerously mature 36--boy does indeed meet girl. The year is 1979, and the lovers get right down to business in a very Couplandian bit of plein air intercourse: "Karen and I deflowered each other atop Grouse Mountain, among the cedars beside a ski slope, atop crystal snow shards beneath penlight stars. It was a December night so cold and clear that the air felt like the air of the Moon--lung-burning; mentholated and pure; hint of ozone, zinc, ski wax, and Karen's strawberry shampoo." Are we in for an archetypal '80s romance, played out against a pop-cultural backdrop? Nope. Only hours after losing her virginity, Karen loses consciousness as well--for almost two decades. The narrator and his circle soldier on, making the slow progression from debauched Vancouver youths to semi-responsible adults. Several end up working on a television series that bears a suspicious resemblance to The X-Files (surely a self-referential wink on the author's part). And then ... Karen wakes up. Her astonishment-- which suggests a 20th-century, substance-abusing Rip Van Winkle--dominates the second half of the novel, and gives Coupland free reign to muse about time, identity, and the meaning (if any) of the impending millennium. Alas, he also slaps a concluding apocalypse onto the novel. As sleeping sickness overwhelms the populace, the world ends with neither a bang nor a whimper, but a universal yawn--which doesn't, fortunately, outweigh the sweetness, oddity, and ironic smarts of everything that has preceded it.

Review:

.".. Coupland's dialogue is flip and fresh." -- New York magazine

"His strongest novel to date." -- People

His strongest novel to date. --People

."..a message of hope and a challenge to...cynicism."--USA Today

"His strongest novel to date."--People

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

"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

.".. Coupland's dialogue is flip and fresh."--New York magazine

..". Coupland's dialogue is flip and fresh."--New York magazine

..".a message of hope and a challenge to...cynicism."--USA Today

... Coupland s dialogue is flip and fresh. --New York magazine"

...a message of hope and a challenge to...cynicism. --USA Today"

His strongest novel to date. --People"

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

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"

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Published by Regan Books/Harper-collins (1998)
ISBN 10: 0002257548 ISBN 13: 9780002257541
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