Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781439157022, 297pp.
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
Generation A is set in the near future in a world where bees are extinct, until five unconnected people all around the world in the United States, Canada, France, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka are all stung. Their shared experience unites them in ways they never could have imagined.
Generation A mirrors Coupland's debut novel, 1991's Generation X. It explores new ways of storytelling in a digital world. Like much of Coupland's writing, it occupies the perplexing hinterland between optimism about the future and everyday apocalyptic paranoia. Imaginative, inventive, and fantastically entertaining, Generation A is his most ambitious work to date.
“A piercing analysis of our modern society, Generation A is exhilarating and insightful, bubbling with wit and verve…. Coupland is better than ever, and Generation A is certain to thrill readers of every generation.” —Bookpage
“Coupland is one of the few serious writers who seems to be living entirely in the present moment, or perhaps even a little ahead of it.” —Financial Times
“An intoxicating cocktail of literary influences…Coupland [is] a joy to read…A globally ambitious novel, and all the better for it.” —Guardian
“Highly recommended. Like Murakami in thriller-trope mode. Go for it.” —William Gibson