CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of fourteen novels--Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club--which have sold more than five million copies altogether in the United States. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at chuckpalahniuk.net.
A widowed but still youngish newspaper reporter stumbles on a terrible secret when assigned to write a piece on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; in every case he investigates, a copy of Poems and Rhymes Around the World was in the room. Can words literally kill? Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"A story so eccentric and complex that you begin to understand why
Palahniuk's literature is a breed all its own." --USA Today "Mr.
Palahniuk further refines his ability to create parables that are
as substantial as they are off-the-wall." --The New York Times
"That most rambunctious of American novelists, Chuck Palahniuk, is
at it again. . . . There's so much comic energy, so much manic
imagination, so much satirical fire on display." --Newsday
"Dark riffing on modernity is the reason people read Palahniuk. His
books are not so much novels as jagged fables, cautionary tales
about the creeping peril represented by almost everything."
--Time "Genius-on-sixteen-different-levels . . . constantly
surprising, disturbingly funny . . . Genuinely subversive."
--BookForum "Among sick puppies, Palahniuk is the top dog. . .
. A unique talent." --People "More twisted than a sack of
pretzels and edgier than an octagon, Chuck Palahniuk has pumped out
another memorable read. . . This is his best yet." --Playboy
"Few writers this side of Kurt Vonnegut can summon up the intensity
and precision to control such a blackly humorous situation. . . .
Palahniuk is proving to be an accessible and ambitious writer of
fables from the culture wars." --St. Petersburg Times "Palahniuk
conjures grief, confusion, mystery and fear from the unlikeliest
sources . . . [and] teases amusement form the darkest corners of
our culture." --The Sunday Oregonian "By turns disturbing,
creepy, sweet, sad, horrible and exquisite. . . . A harrowing and
hilarious glimpse into the future of civilization."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune "[Palahniuk] knows how to spin
whacked-out stories particular to our times. . . . Employs a
playfully perverse wit and a good eye for repellent details."
--The Seattle Times "Twisted and nihilistic . . . The novel
packs a dark comic wallop." --Daily News "A darkly twisted yarn.
. . Palahniuk has succeeded in crafting a story that is taut and
compelling, insightful and scathing, deeply disturbing and deeply
disturbed." --CNN.com "Deliriously rich in ideas and
entertaining in its stream-of-consciousness riffing." --Book
"Outrageous, darkly comic fun."--Kirkus Reviews (starred) "This
is vintage Palahniuk: weird, creepy, twisted, upsetting, and
ultimately a great read."--Library Journal