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