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Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland
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Dec 15, 09

Read in December, 2009

This is a book about some very broken people. The book starts off in the voice of a 17 year old girl going through a terrible tragedy, and I was thinking to myself, "oh no, this is a crappy teenage angst book." But that part ends and it switches to the voice of her boyfriend 20 years later. He is really the central character, and is very broken but likable and has a certain shallow depth as you understand the same events with time and distance. Then the voice switches to his fiance, and finally his father. There is not really a mystery to solve but you get more context on the members of the family, and how life can be hard and really bad, but that everyone goes through some really hard stuff. Many of the characters debate religion, but it is ultimately anti-hypocritical religious views rather than anti-religion. It was an engaging read, and even the bitterness and sadness is borne with a certain stoic acceptance that such is life.
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