Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland
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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.
 

About Douglas Coupland

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Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfs, and several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
 
Published December 2, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction

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Cheryl, the subject of section one, had just been secretly married to her boyfriend on the day she was killed in the massacre, and her memories leading up to that day are interspersed with the horrific details of the shooting itself.

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I got to paying her money for more and more messages, but eventually I found out that Jason had given her all these messages to pass on to me in case he disappeared.

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The Guardian

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by Douglas Coupland 244pp, Flamingo, £15.99 It is alarming that an account of a high-school massacre is at the centre of Douglas Coupland's latest novel.

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Publishers Weekly

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Jason and Cheryl have been secretly married for six weeks, and on the morning of the shooting, Cheryl tells Jason she is pregnant.

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Star Tribune

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Heather, a woman who falls in love with Jason inside a toy store a decade after the shooting, and Reg, Jason's domineering father and a religious nut.

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Entertainment Weekly

''There's something else he's not telling me -- a father knows that -- but what could be more horrible than -- Oh God, this is not a prayer.'' What is or isn't a prayer is a matter of some concern to both the random supplicants and the murdered narrator, Cheryl, a refreshingly untortured Chri...

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The Bookbag

I've enjoyed reading all Coupland's books, although none of them are perfect, and none yet - including Hey Nostradamus!

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