Books in Brief


From Dallas Morning News (July 12, 1998)

by Lee Milazzo

Karen tells her boyfriend, Richard, that she has been seeing visions. A few hours later, she lapses into a coma. Nine months later, their child is born, but Karen remains unconscious for 18 years, then miraculously awakens. What happened between 1979 and 1997? Mr. Coupland's novel is part Gen-X comedy, part Rip Van Winkle updated and part speculation on people's ability to invent - and reinvent - themselves.