Girlfriend in a Coma

Girlfriend in a Coma

by Douglas Coupland
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Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780061624254
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 668,155
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfs, and several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

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Girlfriend in a Coma 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
DayDreamer44 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited about the concept of this book and i couldnt put it down because of the back cover. BUT.... it ended up being completely BIZAAR and made me feel fooled at the end of the book like i was tricked into wasting my time. wouldnt reccomend.
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ChadHerring More than 1 year ago
This book played to my love of sci-fi that isn't really sci-fi. Set in a dystopian future, it's a excellent character study more than a story of surviving the apocalypse.
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x_thatonegirl_x More than 1 year ago
This kind of novel might not be for everyone and you might be wondering why you're reading it the first couple of chapters, but I promise as you progress things get less predictable and more interesting. You won't expect the conclusion, I'm pretty sure of that. It might make you think twice about the path you're taking in life. Douglas Coupland is an amazing author but I'm all out of books that I haven't read by him. I hope he writes more soon...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished Girlfriend in a Coma about 5 minutes ago, and I was really sad. Not because of the entire book...because of the absolutely pathetic ending. I LOVED it, up until the completely unbelievable third part. I was hoping for a great ending, so I could recommend this book to my friends...unfortunately, I'll be hesitating before telling people about it. URGH! FRUSTRATION!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Coupland's ever since a friend introduced me to 'Life After God.' Once again, I was not disappointed by his incredible style and his effectiveness at portraying the society we have today. I felt that the ending was really pansy-ish though. Such a moral, good-feeling ending. If you just go back to where you were and sacrifice everything to tell others what to live their lives like, then the world will not end. I mean, for a TV movie, that is a good ending. But I expected more out of Coupland's musings then such a happy, good-feeling ending. It was different than his other books. But I still love his writing style!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Coupland book. The first half was great--very dark, yet compelling-- and I couldn't put it down. I recommended it to friends before reading half of it! However, about half-way through, the author's style changed, and it felt like he wanted to teach a lesson moreso than tell a story. I almost quit reading it, but curiousity got the better of me. The author may have 'changed styles' to help convey his lesson, and if so, he has wonderful control of style. Still, I doubt I'll read any more of the author's work, unless he learns to tell a story for the story's sake rather than for the moral's sake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never read any of Coupland's works before, but I am very familiar with The Smiths and would much rather be reading Girlfriend in a Coma than listening to it. Coupland puts a truely bizarre twist on how a group of friends deal with life after the 70's. Coupland is right on with his interpretation of the transition from hopeless, angst-ridden teens to the mundane lives of the thirty-something, preGen-Xer. It was witty, brillant, and prophetic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the best book I've read in awhile. I loved it. I picked up a couple of others by him that I will read soon. I related to the book first of all because I was born the same year as the friends in the book. I was experiencing the 70's and 80's when they were. I loved his style, and learned more from the book than I thought. A truly remarkable book. Enjoy!
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