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Generation A

A Novel

by Douglas Coupland

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  • Published in USA  Nov 2009
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Generation A is set in the near future in a world where bees are extinct, until five unconnected people from 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.

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"Despite its flaws, this book will interest readers in search of an intelligent look at pop and digital culture." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. This clever send-up of modern culture will send readers racing to the beginning to see what they missed on first pass. Lightning strikes twice! Coupland defines another generation and crafts a satisfying ode to the power of story." - Library Journal

"Coupland's increasingly flip prose and his propensity to hit you over the head with social commentary, however, make this is a not-very-good book. Generation X with less snark, less plot and much less interesting characters." - Kirkus Reviews

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Douglas Coupland Author Biography

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Douglas Coupland was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961. He is the author of the international bestsellers Generation A and JPod, and nine other novels, among them The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic, Microserfs, and Generation X, along with nonfiction works including a recent short biography of Marshall McLuhan. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and published in most countries around the world. Coupland, also a visual artist, furniture and fashion designer, and screenwriter, lives and works in Vancouver.

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