Minus Time by Catherine Bush

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As a member of the twenty-something generation in the 1990s, Helen finds the threat of environmental disaster, chemical fires, and contaminated water connected to the collapse of her family's personal relationships.

About Catherine Bush

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Catherine Bush is the author of the novel "Minus Time," which "The New York Times" praised for its "mordant vision of late 20th-century life." A graduate of Yale University, she lives in Toronto.
Published January 1, 1993 by HarperCollins. 341 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story opens with Helen and her brother, Paul, watching from a deliberate distance as Barbara rockets into orbit--``and in that instant, everything...changed,'' including the validity of perception: That night, the two gaze in disbelief as a TV replay shows their doubles at the launch's viewin...

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Set in the plausible present day, the story is alternately narrated by and descriptive of 20-year-old Toronto resident Helen Urie, whose mother Barbara is one of two history-making astronauts out to set a record for time spent orbiting the earth.

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Entertainment Weekly

Advertised as a Generation X- style first novel, Minus Time addresses much broader concerns than the anomie of the slacker set.

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All these things are awkwardly plotted and neither the protesters, nor Helen's involvement with them, nor her love affair have much besides a rhetorical reality.

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