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W hen I first reviewed this book in hardback, I held off on some of the plot's details: it was pretty much the first time a Coupland book had had a plot, after all Microserfs might have had one for all I know, but no one I know has ever managed to get past the first few pages , and I didn't want to spoil the surprise. Now that the book has been in the public domain for a while, that's not such a problem any more. Besides, I think a certain morphic resonance has allowed the book's premises to leak out into the cultural continuum. And if you think that sounds wiggy, get a load of the novel itself. It's Karen Ann McNeil, who has been crash-dieting in preparation for a beach holiday, has a couple of drinks and pops two Valiums, because that's what year-olds from Vancouver did in those days. She then falls into a coma that lasts for nearly eighteen years. What is particularly spooky about this is that she has a rough idea of what is going to happen: she has been having visions of the future, and feels she has seen too much.
Alexandra Singer, 29, suffered memory loss after a near-fatal attack of cerebral lupus in and had no idea she had begun work on the book. She was told by doctors she might never be able to walk again and spent months fighting paralysis in hospital by breathing through a tracheotomy tube. While in hospital, her brother, Joshua, found the notes to the novel, Tea at the Grand Tazi, while clearing out her London flat. Ms Singer, from Cheadle, Greater Manchester, then taught herself to write again as she returned to the book. She said: "My experience was horrendous.
Thank you! After being shot, white Canadian Allison Briscoe finds herself in a persistent vegetative state, paralyzed but aware of her surroundings. To pass the time, she becomes a "potato detective," pondering various mysteries. Who shot her, and why? Who comes into her room at night? And who is killing patients every 17 days? Allie's thought processes are alternately flighty and witty—impressive for a year-old with a bullet in her brain—and her attempts to communicate add suspense and poignancy.