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Diary : a novel
Chuck Palahniuk
Adult Fiction PALAHNI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Although this work is a departure from Palahniuk's previous dark, urban novels Fight Club, Lullaby and Choke, it contains many of the author's signature elements: complex, tortured characters; eyebrow-raising descriptions of people and places; and an imaginative story line that bursts with color and drama. Misty Marie Kleinman, an art student-turned-hotel maid, has enough on her plate with a husband, Peter, in a coma after attempting suicide. But when she learns that Peter earlier had scribbled incomprehensible messages all over the houses he'd been remodeling, and people start reporting that rooms in those houses have vanished, her world tilts off center. To cope with this bizarre development, Misty starts painting again and pens a diary. Stage and screen actor Plimpton narrates Misty's journal in a plain, almost coma-like voice, stultifying her tone with boredom and nonchalance. As a result, Palahniuk's creative, unusual tale seems devoid of feeling or character. Alas, while the story is fresh, Plimpton's unenthusiastic reading is not. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (Forecasts, July 7). (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

"Genius is pain," or so John Lennon said, and Palahniuk's sixth novel (after Lullaby) takes that grim assertion as its axis. Misty Marie Kleinman, a trailer-trash art student whose Thomas Kinkade sensibilities are embarrassingly out of place amid voguish peers intent on high-concept excretory art, falls for a creepy drifter whose home on picturesque Waytansea Island is identical to her own storybook imaginings. The idyll turns sour as the island is overrun with rich summer people, and her husband attempts suicide after desecrating several of their homes with prophetic scrawls. Waiting tables in the local hotel to support her daughter and mother-in-law, washing down aspirin with wine, and anatomizing the seediness of her life in a caustic journal addressed to her comatose spouse, Misty seems to have permanently deferred her dream. Yet she is destined for a strange renaissance. What follows is a blend of paranoiac horror along the lines of Rosemary's Baby and an inventive fable about the uses of art and its relation to suffering and the universal unconscious. Neither plot nor theme is brought to a persuasive conclusion, but the journey is consistently engaging. Recommended for most public libraries where Palahniuk's provocative books are appreciated. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/03.]-David Wright, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Grew up in a trailer park; drinks too much; had dreams of being an artist; her husband is in a coma following a suicide attempt.

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