By Douglas Coupland
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781582344157, 244pp.)
Publication Date: July 2004
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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.
Douglas Coupland is the author of the novels Generation X, Miss Wyoming, and most recently All Families Are Psychotic, among others, as well as the nonfiction works Life After God and Polaroids from the Dead. He grew up and lives in Vancouver.
"He has the ability to take life in his hands, shake it like a snow globe and show us what absurd and luminous complexities are hidden within."-Rocky Mountain News
"More than a decade after he coined the term Generation X, Coupland still understands youthful angst."-Playboy
"This book feels like a genuine artifact of the tragedy that swirls at its center."-Baltimore Sun
"Bring along a seatbelt, because Coupland delivers a fast, furious read."-Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A remarkable examination of violence and spirituality ... Heartbreaking and horrifyingly real." -Village Voice