Generation X

Douglas Coupland's novel changed the way people viewed a generation, and coined such terms as "McJob" and "poverty jet set."

Douglas Coupland

Twentysomethings Andy, Dag and Claire have cut themselves loose from their hometowns and live in adjacent cottages in Palm Springs, California. 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. With Generation X, Douglas Coupland 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.

Generation X was a Canada Reads 2010 finalist, when it was defended by Roland Pemberton, a.k.a. Cadence Weapon.

From the book

When someone tells you they've just bought a house, they might as well tell you they no longer have a personality. You can immediately assume so many things: that they're locked into jobs they hate; that they're broke; that they spend every night watching videos; that they're fifteen pounds overweight; that they no longer listen to new ideas. It's profoundly depressing.

From Generation X by Douglas Coupland ©1991. Published by St. Martin's Griffin.


Douglas Coupland on the Generation X phenomenon, 10 years after the book.
In this comic passage, Andy complains about his mother not recycling properly.

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