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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.
©2003 Douglas Coupland (P)2003 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"[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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5 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia on 08-10-03


This is one of those books that you think about for days after you have finished it. I enjoyed it immensely. The 4 different readers added dimension to the story rather than detract like I initially expected. I had read where this book had been compared to 'Lovely Bones', but I think it is far superior.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Doc on 01-26-04

Great book, perfectly read.

Douglas Coupland?s Hey Nostradamus! was on my reading list before I discovered The book is worth reading in any format. What I want to address here is the awesome quality of this reading?an important dimension of the experience for regular listeners. This production gets 5 out of 5 stars! The separate readers for the book?s four parts bring the novel to life with characterizations that are spot on and that will echo through your memory long after you finish the book. Superbly done!

While the book has ample literary merit to recommend it, one particularly remarkable achievement stands out in the novel?s first part. While adolescent hormones take a back seat here (or at least yield equal billing) to meditations on love, death, God, religion, and the somewhat modern phenomenon of sudden, incomprehensible violence, what makes Coupland?s rendering of the teen sex drive so remarkable is that it loses none of its accuracy or all-absorbing urgency when he wraps it in the societal legitimacy of marriage. I found that a startlingly refreshing departure from the normal authorial choices in that regard.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-23-07


This is my favourite Douglas Coupland novel, brilliantly read by 4 very talented actors. Like most Coupland books this one deals with feelings of isolation in the midst of the buzziness of modern life. It starts with a high school shooting, very sensetively handled, and shows how the tradegic events cause ripples in the lives of two of the families concerned over a period of 20 years. As is common with a Coupland novel, the events and characters are a means to ask some very searching questions about faith, God and the value of individuals. This is a moving and thought provoking work but one that maintains the authors characteristic wit and warmth throughout. One of the best books availible on Audible.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Sioux on 02-28-18

Did not finish. Could not finish

What disappointed you about Hey Nostradamus! ?

Just mind numbingly dreadful. Sorry

Has Hey Nostradamus! put you off other books in this genre?

Oh yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. Could not engage with it at all. Not my sort of read at all.

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