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Douglas Coupland

Hey Nostradamus!

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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 neighborhood 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, still 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 acceptance.
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    Ольга Тоболеваhas quoted4 years ago
    the five most unattractive traits in people are cheapness, clinginess, neediness, unwillingness to change and jealousy. Jealousy is the worst, and by far the hardest to conceal. Around Jason I made myself conceal it, because what else could I do? But I don’t know how to kill jealousy. I fully expect it to turn into little steel fangs that’ll clutch me like a leghold trap the moment I need to be most tender or forgiving.
    Ольга Тоболеваhas quoted4 years ago
    I hadn’t given this part any real thought, or rather, I’d assumed it would be magic and not need any planning.
    Melissa Shodehas quoted5 years ago
    And yet we all possessed the capacity for slipping at any moment into great sin and eternal darkness

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