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Generation X

Generation X

With Generation X, Douglas Coupland didn't just write a book that sold wildly in North America and around the world. He changed the way people viewed an entire generation, while coining such unforgettable terms as "McJob" and "poverty jet set." The novel serves up angst with a generous helping of wit, and is both entertaining and illuminating.

Andy, Dag and Claire have cut themselves loose from their hometowns and live in adjacent cottages in Palm Springs, California. They're connected by their friendship and by the feeling that the world is passing them by, but that dropping out is still the only sensible solution.

Oppressed by the successes of their yuppie elders and by a sense of their own "futurelessness," the trio juggles their anxieties, their diminishing expectations and their cynicism. Bored by their dead-end service jobs, they spend time driving around in an old Saab and sipping cocktails, while trading stories real and imagined to try to make sense of life.

Countless young readers across North America identified with Coupland's characters when the book came out in 1991, and their story continues to resonate with readers from new generations.