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Hey Nostradamus! | [Douglas Coupland]

Hey Nostradamus!

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. For a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day, life remains derailed.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2003 Douglas Coupland; (P)2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"[Coupland]'s best novel to date." (LA Weekly)
"It's an extraordinarily well-written novel with characters you know you shouldn't be liking but do. So real." (Whoopi Goldberg)

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    Pedro LondonUnited Kingdom 12-05-04
    Pedro LondonUnited Kingdom 12-05-04
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    "as always excelent"

    My crit may be biased. I am one of those coupland junkies, yes there are plenty out there, almost religious preechers of his novels. Hey Nostradamus is not just a moving and compelling story, it is the kind of book that will change your life for ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James McGillivray CA United States 01-11-04
    James McGillivray CA United States 01-11-04 Listener Since 2002

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    "Surprisingly Enjoyable"

    Great Readers - each of the four really fit the parts they read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Hansen 11-14-03
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    "A lot of fun, a bit uneven"

    The topic -- playing off the concept of school shootings, the most disturbing of which was, naturally, Columbine -- was what caught me, but kind of in the way one gets their attention grabbed by a car wreck; you know maybe you shouldn't be looking, but you can't help but look.

    This book's topic is a bit like that, but fortunately the novel inside is pretty darn good. For me, the most likeable character was Cheryl Anway, the easiest to like, naturally. From there, the novel is a bit uneven; the sections dedicated to each of the four leads are unequal in length, which is troublesome in that some characters feel more two-dimensional as a result, most notably in the last part.

    I did appreciate the way the whole truth of circumstances involved only become clear after reading the whole book; it's a time-honored trick but nicely pulled off here. Well done, overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlyne 02-04-13
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    "Great story, but too short, where is the sequel?"
    Would you listen to Hey Nostradamus! again? Why?

    Yes, it kept me interested, the ending was not what I expected


    What did you like best about this story?

    4 different views....each unique!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    wonderful


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    yes, yes and yes


    Any additional comments?

    Is there going to be a sequel

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    S new york, NY, United States 04-22-08
    S new york, NY, United States 04-22-08
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    "great listen!"

    Authentic characters and smartly written. I wish I could read more from this author!

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    Terrie North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 05-17-07
    Terrie North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 05-17-07 Member Since 2003
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    "memorable and moving"

    I listened to this book a long time ago, but still hold it up as one of the most gripping I've heard. This is due, not only to Coupland's quirky and compelling writing, but to the astonishing performances by each of the readers. The last "movement" of the novel moved me to tears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Lake Worth, FL, USA 03-26-04
    Ryan Lake Worth, FL, USA 03-26-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Things need a little explaining..."

    This book starts out really weak, almost annoying. Stick with it, it does get a little more interesting. It's depressing though, and will leave you asking questions; mostly about instances in the story I felt the author should have expounded upon.

    The four separate readers definitely does this book a favor and really identifies the characters well for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Houston, TX, USA 09-15-03
    Charles Houston, TX, USA 09-15-03
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    "Good stuff"

    I really enjoyed this one. Good unusual characters as per the coupland style.

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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 06-28-09
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 06-28-09 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Thoroughly modern, excellent writing"

    First rate literature, writer is extremely talented.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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