Shampoo Planetby Douglas Coupland
Tyler Johnson is a twenty-year-old MTV child. Once a baby raised in a hippie commune, he now sells fake Chanel T-shirts, collects shampoo and studies hotel/motel management in a/i>/i>
Shampoo Planet is the rich and dazzling point where two worlds collide--those of 1960s parents and their 1990s offspring, "Global Teens," the generation after Generation X.
Tyler Johnson is a twenty-year-old MTV child. Once a baby raised in a hippie commune, he now sells fake Chanel T-shirts, collects shampoo and studies hotel/motel management in a small northwest city saddled with a dying mega-mall and a collapsed nuclear industry. An ambitious Reagan Youth, Tyler dreams of escape and a career with the corporation whose offices his mother once firebombed.Tyler's soon-to-be-single mother is the fortysomething Jasmine, a "hippie chick" with a Woodstock heart full of love--but also full of confusion because her 1960s dream has turned sour. Burdened with two failed marriages, three kids at home, and job layoffs, Jasmine wonders if the 1960s dream alone can protect her from the 1990s. Shampoo Planet's six month chronicle of Tyler's life takes us from his Washington State hometown to the ongoing party beside Jim Morrison's Paris grave, to a wild island in British Columbia, to the freak-filled redwood forests of northern California, to a cheesy Hollywood, to ultramodern Seattle, and then back home. On the way we meet a constellation of other characters: Anna-Louise, Tyler's post-feminist girlfriend with an eating disorder; Neil, Tyler's Deadhead dope-ranching biological father; Daisy, his neo-hippie sister; Murray, her dreadlocked boyfriend; and Harmony, a rich computer hacker with a fetish for Star Trek and the medieval.
Playboy ...the witty humor, vulnerable uncertainty, and self-deprecating honesty of his narrator...makes Coupland's novel so exceptional.
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Meet the Author
Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991. Since then he has published eleven novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in 2001 resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe, and Asia. 2006 marks the premiere of the feature film Everything's Gone Green, his first story written specifically for the screen and not adapted from any previous work. A TV series (13 one-hour episodes) based on his novel, "jPod" premiered on the CBC in January, 2008.
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