Enceinte et secrètement mariée, Cheryl Anway griffonne sur un cahier d'écolier ce qui deviendra ses dernières volontés, juste avant que trois élèves, désaxés et déchaînés, mitraillent la cafétéria de son lycée. Quatre personnages dramatiquement touchés racontent alors leur histoire : Cheryl narre calmement sa propre mort ; Jason, le garçon dont tout le monde ignorait qu'il était son mari, encore dévasté par sa mort dix ans après ; Heather, la femme qui essaie d'aimer cet homme anéanti ; et enfin Reg, son père, que la rigidité religieuse a séparé de tous ceux qu'il aimait. Défiant les lois du temps, ce journal intime à quatre voix nous dévoile leurs vies brisées par l'excès de puritanisme et la violence extrême...
From the bestselling author of Generation X and Microserfs, comes the absurd and tender story of a hardliving movie producer and a former child beauty pageant contender who only find each other by losing themselves.Waking up in an L.A. hospital, John Johnson is amazed that it was the flu and not an overdose of five different drugs mixed with cognac that nearly killed him. As a producer of highadrenaline action flicks, he's led a decadent and dangerous life, purchasing his way through every conceivable variant of sex. But each variation seems to take him one notch away from a capacity for love, and while moviemaking was once a way for him to create worlds of sensation, it now bores him. After his neardeath experience, John decides to walk away from his life.Susan Colgate is an unbankable former tv star and child beauty pageant contender. Forced to marry a heavy metal singer in need of a Green Card after her parents squander her sitcom earnings, she becomes the alpha road rat. But when the band's popularity dwindles, the marriage dissolves. Flying back to Los Angeles in Economy, Susan's plane crashesyes'>#160;yes'>#160; and only she survives. As she walks away from the disaster virtually unscathed, Susan, too, decides to disappear.John and Susan are two souls searching for love across the bizarre, celebrityobsessed landscape of LA, and are driven, almost fatefully, toward each other. Hilarious, fastpaced and ultimately heartwrenching, iss Wyoming is about people who, after throwing off their selfmade identities, begin the fearful search for a love that exposes all vulnerabilities.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Eleanor Rigby is the story of Liz, a self-described drab, overweight, crabby, and friendless middle-aged woman, and her unlikely reunion with the charming and strange son she gave up for adoption. His arrival changes everything, and sets in motion a rapid-fire plot with all the twists and turns we expect of Coupland. By turns funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor Rigby is a fast-paced read and a haunting exploration of the ways in which loneliness affects us all.
Janet Drummond does a tally of her three children: Wade spent the night in jail again; suicidal Bryan; and Sarah - the star of the next shuttle mission. But even an astronaut has personal problems, and with Janet's ex-husband coming to town, Janet contemplates where it all went wrong. Or did it?