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Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
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Jul 17, 2010

really liked it

This is a book that left me uncertain what I even think about it, which I think is a good thing. Yes, it's a novel in two parts--the first a sort of tragic teenage love story and the disintegration of a man who lives his life pretty much parallel to that of his girlfriend in a coma, while their daughter spirals into chaos. Then the girlfriend wakes up, and it becomes an apocalypse novel, narrated by the ghost of their high school friend and involving a lot of semi-preachy and sentimental moments about how humans in modern society have gone wrong, and how they might atone for it. Of course it wasn't believable, but nor was it meant to be. It has this sort of guerrilla-hope thing going on at the end that was interesting but not really aligned with the characters and the opening. I liked a lot about this book and suspect I'll keep thinking about it for some time.

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