Phoenix [NOOK Book]

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No author can shock readers quite like bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk ("Fight Club," "Choke," "Damned"), whose meditations on the darkest depths of the American ego have been known to induce fainting fits in his audiences. Palahniuk channels both Stephen King and John Cheever in this singularly sinister and hilarious short story, straight from the passive-aggressive front lines of modern marriage, where a wife's frustration, along with the ...

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Overview

No author can shock readers quite like bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk ("Fight Club," "Choke," "Damned"), whose meditations on the darkest depths of the American ego have been known to induce fainting fits in his audiences. Palahniuk channels both Stephen King and John Cheever in this singularly sinister and hilarious short story, straight from the passive-aggressive front lines of modern marriage, where a wife's frustration, along with the family cat, become weapons of mass destruction.


Rachel married Ted because he was uncomplicated and loyal. But he was also devoted to his wretched house (done up in black granite, black appliances, even black dishware) and his first love, an old, flatulent cat named Belinda Carlisle. Once Rachel becomes pregnant, Ted reluctantly agrees to move and give up the cat. But the house doesn't sell, and Belinda Carlisle still haunts their home: every day the creature becomes fatter and more malodorous. When the house burns to the ground in a freak conflagration and the couple's daughter, April, is born blind soon thereafter, the marriage is never the same again. Only on a business trip three years later does Rachel begin to reckon with the damage.


In an Orlando motel room far from Ted and April, Rachel wonders: Is her simple-minded husband more vindictive and manipulative than even Rachel could have imagined? How far will she go to keep the upper hand—a bit of emotional and physical torture, perhaps? Will she win the battle, only to lose so much else?


If all is fair in love and war, there are few contemporary writers better equipped than Palahniuk to travel the extremes, right to the chilling intersection of "I do" and "I'm damned."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Chuck Palahniuk is the author of "Fight Club" and "Choke," as well as ten other novels—most recently "Damned"—and two books of nonfiction. Shooting will begin this summer on the film version of his novel of linked stories, "Haunted." His forthcoming novel "Doomed" will be released later this year, as will the award-winning short film "Romance," an adaptation of his work by the director Andy Mingo.


PRAISE FOR CHUCK PALAHNIUK


"Chuck Palahniuk's rightful place is among literary giants. He combines the masculinity of Ernest Hemingway, the satirical bent of Juvenal and the attitude of Lenny Bruce." —Greensboro News & Record


"[Palahnuik] has a singular knack for coming up with inventive new ways to shock and degrade." —The New York Post


"Palahniuk [follows] a long tradition of high morbidity that links recent nihilists like Will Self and Bret Easton Ellis back to Ballard and William S. Burroughs, and beyond them, to the original literary Skeletor, de Sade—in whose writing a roiling disenchantment with the world is underpinned by a vivid, pimple-squeezing self-disgust." —The New York Times


"Funny, always on the edge of reality and bloodied by the profound horror of narcissism." —Playboy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614520733
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 62,246
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of "Fight Club" and "Choke," as well as ten other novels—most recently "Damned"—and two books of nonfiction. Shooting will begin this summer on the film version of his novel of linked stories, "Haunted." His forthcoming novel "Doomed" will be released later this year, as will the award-winning short film "Romance," an adaptation of his work by the director Andy Mingo.


PRAISE FOR CHUCK PALAHNIUK

"Chuck Palahniuk's rightful place is among literary giants. He combines the masculinity of Ernest Hemingway, the satirical bent of Juvenal and the attitude of Lenny Bruce." —Greensboro News & Record

"[Palahnuik] has a singular knack for coming up with inventive new ways to shock and degrade." —The New York Post

"Palahniuk [follows] a long tradition of high morbidity that links recent nihilists like Will Self and Bret Easton Ellis back to Ballard and William S. Burroughs, and beyond them, to the original literary Skeletor, de Sade—in whose writing a roiling disenchantment with the world is underpinned by a vivid, pimple-squeezing self-disgust." —The New York Times

"Funny, always on the edge of reality and bloodied by the profound horror of narcissism." —Playboy

Biography

Readers of Chuck Palahniuk's novels must gird themselves for the bizarre, the violent, the macabre, and the just plain disturbing. Having done that, they can then just enjoy the ride.

The story goes that Palahniuk wrote Fight Club out of frustration. Believing that his first submission to publishers (an early version of Invisible Monsters) was being rejected as too risky, he decided to take the gloves off, so to speak, and wrote something he never expected to see the light of day. Ironically, Fight Club was accepted for publication, and its subsequent filming by directory David Fincher earned the author an obsessive cult following.

The apocalyptic, blackly humorous story of a loner's entanglement with a charismatic but dangerous underground leader, Fight Club was the first in a series of controversial fiction that would keep Palahniuk in the spotlight. Since then, he has crafted strange, disturbing tales around unlikely subjects: a disfigured model bent on revenge (the revised Invisible Monsters) ... the last surviving member of a death cult (Survivor) ... a sex addict who resorts to a bizarre restaurant scam to pay the bills (Choke) ... a lethal African nursery rhyme (Lullaby) ... and so the list continues.

Although Palahniuk makes occasional forays into nonfiction, (e.g., Fugitives and Refugees and Stranger than Fiction), it is his novels that generate the most buzz. His outré plots and jump-cut storytelling are definitely not for everyone—some have likened them to the horrible accident you can't tear your eyes away from—but even critics can't help but be impressed by his flair for language, his talent for satire, and his sheer originality. Newsday wrote, "Palahniuk is one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time. He rearranges Vonnegut's sly humor, DeLillo's mordant social analysis, and Pynchon's antic surrealism (or is it R. Crumb's?) into a gleaming puzzle palace all his own."

Palahniuk has said that he has heard a lot from readers who were never readers before they saw his books, from boys in schools where his books are banned. This might be the best evidence that Palahniuk is a writer for a new age, introducing a (mostly male) audience to worlds on the page that usually only exist in technicolor nightmares.

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Palahniuk (pronounced paul-a-nik) worked as a diesel mechanic for a trucking company before he became an author, jotting story notes for The Fight Club under trucks he was supposed to be working on.

Palahniuk's family has had a sad history of violence: His grandfather killed his grandmother and then committed suicide; later in life, his divorced father was murdered in 1999 by a girlfriend's ex-husband. The killer was convicted and sentenced to death in October, 2001. Palahniuk's book, Choke, was driven by an attempt to look at how sexual compulsion can destroy (see essay below for more).

When not working on his novels, Palahniuk has written features for Gear magazine, through which he befriended shock rocker Marilyn Manson; and is reportedly working on a script of the Katie Arnoldi novel Chemical Pink for Fight Club director David Fincher.

While writing, Palahniuk has said he listens to Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Radiohead.

To a reader who asked in a Barnes & Noble.com chat why the novel Invisible Monsters was not released in hardcover, Palahniuk responded: "My original request was not to have any of my books released as hardcovers b/c I felt guilty asking for over $20 for anything I had done. With Invisible Monsters I finally got my way."

Invisible Monsters was inspired by fashion magazines Palahniuk was reading at his laundromat, according to an interview with The Village Voice. "I love the language of fashion magazines. Eighteen adjectives and you find the word sweater at the end. 'Ethereal. Sacred.' I thought, Wouldn't it be fun to write a novel in this fashion magazine language, so packed with hyperbole?"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles M. Palahniuk
    2. Hometown:
      Portland, Oregon
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 21, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pasco, Washington
    1. Education:
      B.A. in journalism, University of Oregon, 1986
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Let me start off by saying that Chuck Palahnuik is an amazing wr

    Let me start off by saying that Chuck Palahnuik is an amazing writer. I happened upon this Phoenix after equally stumbling upon The Sweetest Madness, and I enjoyed these cheap short stories. Many of us can relate to Chuck's characters and their feelings. In fact, Chuck Palahnuik's and Janvier Chando's short stories are the types to read for enjoyment. I like stories where the authors did a great job of getting to the point right at the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Awesome

    Enough said. Chuck rules!

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Excellent short story by Chuck P. 

    Excellent short story by Chuck P. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Awesome

    What a great story. I rrally liked the way it flowed. Burn burn burn.

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    Posted May 26, 2013

    Click here to join!

    Welcome to seaclan tipe in sea and go to first result i am the leader, tawnystar

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    Posted May 17, 2013

    Neko

    A small she cat. No bigger than a kit pads in.

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    Posted June 4, 2013

    Phoenixwing

    "Yes, I' ll always come back." He purred. +Phoe+

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    Posted May 14, 2013

    Blueblaze

    Lets go peep collecting!

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    Can i goin she gathers marigold for open wounds

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    Fireclan? P.s. can i join?

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    HELP

    Go to dusk to dawn res four and tell them that the sark is locked out off all res and to come to socks all res. Thx!

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    Posted May 8, 2013

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    Congratulations then.

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    Posted April 30, 2013

    Sapphirefang

    "Firegazer?"

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    Posted April 28, 2013

    Look at this to join Thunderclan!

    Hi my names Bluestar and if u want to be in Thunderclan go to book 1 of the warrior series Into the wild . Write to me and then tell me who u are from the book. Thanks. Bluestar

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    Hi Swiftstar. What can i do?

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    Posted April 26, 2013

    Snowfur

    Alright. Where does this happen?

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    Posted June 6, 2013

    Swiftsrae

    She purred. ~$wiftstar

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