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Hey Nostradamus reader ✓ Paperback » douglas coupland » Pregnant and secretly married Cheryl Anway scribbles what becomes her last will and testament on a school binder shortly before a rampaging trio of misfit classmates gun her down in a high school cafeteria Overrun with paranoia teenage angst and religious zIll marooned ten years later by his loss; Heather the woman trying to love the shattered Jason; and Jason's father Reg whose rigid religiosity has separated him from nearly everyone he loves Hey Nostradamus is an unforgettable portrait of people wrestling with spirituality and with sorrow and its acceptan What a great book I didn't know what to expect coming into this one but wow The world can be a very awful place and this one gives no apologies in depicting it as well as the lasting conseuences of such things My heart hurts and I'm still seeing here cheering for how it ended

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Pregnant and secretly married Cheryl Anway scribbles what becomes her last will and testament on a school binder shortly before a rampaging trio of misfit classmates gun her down in a high school cafeteria Overrun with paranoia teenage angst and religious zeal in the massacre's wake this sleepy suburban n Original Sin in British Columbia Original Sin is real It’s called language especially language badly used Sometimes this sin is redeemed by the beautiful or startling or at least interesting use of language in fiction Hey Nostradamus is an instance of entirely unredeemed original sin an example of writing because one can write with nothing much to write about Perhaps that’s the author’s point the vacuity of life in VancouverWhat starts as a YA account of her death by a naive teenage religious fundamentalist turns into a bizarre story of Canadian Noir The bleak side of Vancouver’s smug suburban calm is the central topic Although a Canadian city Vancouver is culturally part of the American Pacific Rim like Seattle Portland San Francisco and Los Angeles than Calgary Toronto and uebec Not a twin but an analog something with the same general features but a particular identity Or as religious people say a soulVancouver has the same chain restaurants as the cities further South the same automobiles the same adverts and the same crumby motels It faces the Orient with its back to the mountains and the biggest highways run South not East The Union Jack and the Confederate Stars and Bars are analogous both designating distinctions with subliminal power Its snobbery is all West Coast Even though it thinks itself special it’s really only Orange County in the rainNevertheless according to Coupland Vancouverites are particularly strange folk High school kids elope to Las Vegas; a man agrees to impregnate his sister in law hours after his brothers death but only in Las Vegas; the sister in law casually commits murder to conceal the conspiracy once again Las Vegas the safety valve for all West Coast cities; the man himself disappears so his girlfriend not his sister in law pay attention goes in search of well not him but his analog who is understandably upset at being ‘found’ not in Las Vegas surprisingly but in Portland an analogous cityWhat appears to be a constant among these characters is an obsession with self expression They all feel compelled to write about a high school massacre religious hypocrisy vague international drug deals counterfeiting gangland revenge the search for the mythical Sasuatch a phoney psychic who knows about running a good scam and the psychic’s mark who incredibly participates in it These epistolary adventures have no real narrative connection with each other Each occurs and is then left hanging as a fact the reader is meant to absorb and forget Each narrator refers to him or herself largely in the third person Obviously they are all the author in not very convincing incognito Eually obviously the adventures are not his own What then is the subject of this fiction? Ah yes the city the city whose uniueness apparently lies in its particularly weird residents none of whom are particularly believable or interesting Too bad about Vancouver’s lack of soul

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Hey NostradamusEighborhood declares its saints brands its demons and moves on But for a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day life remains permanently derailed Four dramatically different characters tell their stories Cheryl who calmly narrates her own death; Jason the boy no one knew was her husband st I knew basically nothing about this book before I started reading it And even though the flap mentions a massacre in the high school not a spoiler I wasn't prepared for those details and I as read the first part I actually felt very scared which was uite appropriate for what I was reading At the end I again felt uite emotional for different reasons and was impressed with what the author could doCrazy things happen in this book but only one felt very unrealistic and that still kind of bothers me though I understand what the author was trying to achieve with it I thought perhaps I'd end up giving this one less star than I did but the themes the effects of such a tragedy coupled with the effects of a community's rush to judgment; miscommunication; extreme loneliness; and the fact that we may never know the inner life and other important things about those people we think we've figured out or even those closest to us are so well done that I did end up 'really liking' this book