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By Douglas Coupland

Generation A
is set within the close to destiny in a global the place bees are extinct, till 5 unconnected humans all over the international— within the usa, Canada, France, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka—are all stung. Their shared adventure unites them in methods they by no means may have imagined.

Generation A
mirrors Coupland’s debut novel, 1991’s Generation X. It explores new methods of storytelling in a electronic global. Like a lot of Coupland’s writing, it occupies the difficult hinterland among optimism concerning the destiny and daily apocalyptic paranoia. creative, creative, and wonderfully enjoyable, Generation A is his so much formidable paintings up to now.

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