Girlfriend in a Coma: A Novel by Douglas CouplandGirlfriend in a Coma: A Novel by Douglas Coupland

Girlfriend in a Coma: A Novel

byDouglas Coupland

Paperback | November 11, 2008

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On a snowy Friday night in 1979, just hours after making love for the first time, Richard's girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Nine months later she gives birth to their daughter, Megan. As Karen sleeps through the next seventeen years, Richard and their circle of friends reside in an emotional purgatory, passing through a variety of careers—modeling, film special effects, medicine, demolition—before finally reuniting on a conspiracy-driven super-natural television series. But real life grows as surreal as their TV show as Richard and his friends await Karen's reawakening . . . and the subsequent apocalypse.

Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, includingGeneration XandMicroserfs, and several works of nonfiction, includingPolaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
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Title:Girlfriend in a Coma: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:November 11, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006162425X

ISBN - 13:9780061624254

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for young readers I feel like I would have appreciated this book at a younger age. It's good and interesting but is also dripping with fear of "modern" life and stagnance. Reads at a good pace, lots of things are happening until the point in the book where things stop happening.
Date published: 2015-01-26

Editorial Reviews

“To call Coupland the John Bunyon of his set would not be hyperbole, especially in light of his newest book, the...fantastical Girlfriend in a Coma, which at times approaches a jeremiad worthy of Kurt Vonnegut...[A] rousingly old-fashioned and genuinely spooky morality play.”