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Generation X

Tales for an Accelerated Culture

Douglas Coupland


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Generation X is Douglas Coupland's classic novel about the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s—a generation known until then simply as twenty somethings.

Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in their twenties, have quit pointless jobs in their respective hometowns to find better meaning in life. Adrift in the California desert, the trio develops an ascetic regime of story-telling, boozing, and working McJobs—"low-pay, low-prestige, low-benefit, no-future jobs in the service industry." They create their own modern fables of love and death among the cosmetic surgery parlors and cocktail bars of Palm Springs as well as disturbingly funny tales of nuclear waste, historical overdosing, and mall culture.
A dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emerges—peeling back the layers on their fanatical individualism, pathological ambivalence about the future, and unsatisfied longing for permanence, love, and their own home.

Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. They have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.

Praise For Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

“A groundbreaking novel.” —The Los Angeles Times

“Captures the listlessness that accompanies growing up in today's info-laden culture.” —Rolling Stone

“Amusingly explores the more restless and disaffected segment of the under-30 crowd.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A readable and valid account of a generation that envisions a completely new genuine genre of bohemianism.” —San Francisco Chronicle

St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312054366, 192pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 1991

About the Author

Douglas Coupland is a novelist who also works in visual arts and theater. His novels include Eleanor Rigby, Generation X, All Families Are Psychotic, Hey Nostradamus!, and JPod. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.