From The Times of London (November 14, 1998)

by James Urquhart

KAREN SLIPS into a coma during which she gives birth to a baby. Her waking, 17 years later, heralds a Sarin-style apocalypse in which people fall asleep and die. Only her high school friends (now middle- aged moral bankrupts) survive to muddle on. The author doesn't flirt with millennial scare-mongering but challenges all comfortable assumptions. With a sharp inward glance, Coupland's Girlfriend articulates the troubling fears of his Generation X. - JU