A dark, disturbing and very, very funny new novel from the inimitable Chuck Palahniuk - his best yet.
Chuck Palahniuk is the bestselling author of fifteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You, and most recently Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
A teenage girl named Madison dies of a drug overdose and awakens in hell, alongside every stereotypical character in the history of bad writing: a jock, a cheerleader, a headbanger, and, naturally, a science dweeb. The twist is that this is a hell that only Palahniuk could have imagined, and the journey to escape it is as unpredictable as anything he's ever written. Narrator Tai Sammons delivers a stellar reading in which she captures the essence of Madison. Her dialect, delivery, and tone are perfectly suited to that of a 13-year-old who's having a really, really bad day. Listening to Sammons's narration is an intimate experience as her rendition of Madison pours her heart out and prays her words won't fall only on dead ears. A Doubleday hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Lovely Bones meets The Shawshank Redemption via
Judy Blume. Expect to be appalled * Vogue *
True to Palahniuk form, Damned is gross in parts, scandalous in others and funny throughout * Time Out *
Gleefully riffing on Judy Blume's 1970 coming-of-age classic Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Palahniuk's dead heroine must traverse the infernal landscape in search of Satan - and of her true self - as she tries to discover exactly how she died * Financial Times *
Vintage chuck - as dark as it gets * Dazed *
The vistas of his underworld are engrossing * Metro *