Hey Nostradamus!

Hey Nostradamus!

A Novel

Book - 2003
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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. Surprising, soulful, and rich with Coupland's trademark black humor, Hey Nostradamus! is an unforgettable portrait of people wrestling with spirituality and with sorrow and its acceptance. With this timely, original novel, Douglas Coupland establishes himself once again as a major writer for our times. Book jacket.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, c2003.
ISBN: 9780679312697
0679312692
Characteristics: 244 p.

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Sep 03, 2015

What a shame that a physical book is not available in our library system for this!

Coupland's writing is wonderful and he thoroughly engaged me as a reader. This is about more than a highschool shootout: it is about life and death, the existance of God, the lives of people who have to face their own demons, and ultimately about how people treat each other.

Reviewed: 6 October 2006

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

West Vancouver’s famous son is back on form with this powerful, affecting story of a modern media fascination - a high school shooting. However, it is more about bad behaviour wrapped up in a cloak of religious righteousness than the shooting itself (which is set in a fictional North Vancouver school). Readers will enjoy the North Shore references and the flashes of brilliant writing in a tale of the very human accommodation of sorrow and loss.

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Oct 01, 2011

Coupland's writing is wonderful and he thoroughly engaged me as a reader. This is about more than a highschool shootout: it is about life and death, the existance of God, the lives of people who have to face their own demons, and ultimately about how people treat each other.

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