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Dying to be me! Anita Moorjani at TEDxBayArea
Douglas Coupland's place in the literary pantheon was ensured with the release of his first book Generation X , which introduced the catchphrase-cum-marketing trend of the same name to the cultural lexicon. That book, about three twentysomethings looking for life, love, and meaning in the desert, painted a surprisingly poignant portrait of modern society. Since then, Coupland hasn't veered very far from that book's themes, with varying degrees of success. Life After God was abysmal. But all of his books lead back to the looming shadow of Generation X. Girlfriend In A Coma , set in Vancouver, takes its name from a Smiths song, and much of the book reads like it's aimed at the same teenage boys and girls who mope to Morrissey. Karen is a year-old who loses her virginity in , then almost immediately falls into a coma that lasts for 18 years.
Alexandra Singer, 29, suffered memory loss after a near-fatal attack of cerebral lupus in and had no idea she had begun work on the book. She was told by doctors she might never be able to walk again and spent months fighting paralysis in hospital by breathing through a tracheotomy tube. While in hospital, her brother, Joshua, found the notes to the novel, Tea at the Grand Tazi, while clearing out her London flat. Ms Singer, from Cheadle, Greater Manchester, then taught herself to write again as she returned to the book. She said: "My experience was horrendous. The doctors thought I would be brain-damaged and for six months I was paralysed and couldn't speak. I apparently had the idea before the illness but was too busy working to write it.
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Thank you! After being shot, white Canadian Allison Briscoe finds herself in a persistent vegetative state, paralyzed but aware of her surroundings. To pass the time, she becomes a "potato detective," pondering various mysteries. Who shot her, and why? Who comes into her room at night?
W hen I first reviewed this book in hardback, I held off on some of the plot's details: it was pretty much the first time a Coupland book had had a plot, after all Microserfs might have had one for all I know, but no one I know has ever managed to get past the first few pages , and I didn't want to spoil the surprise. Now that the book has been in the public domain for a while, that's not such a problem any more. Besides, I think a certain morphic resonance has allowed the book's premises to leak out into the cultural continuum. And if you think that sounds wiggy, get a load of the novel itself. It's Karen Ann McNeil, who has been crash-dieting in preparation for a beach holiday, has a couple of drinks and pops two Valiums, because that's what year-olds from Vancouver did in those days.
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