Multcolib Picks: If You Like Chuck Palahniuk

Beautiful Children
Beautiful Children A Novel By Bock, Charles Book - 2008 FICTION BOCK Available in some locations

Annotation:Capturing Las Vegas with unprecedented scope and nuance, this debut novel not only rushes toward a climax of heartache and redemption, but provides a deviously funny and unyielding portrait of a tragedy readers are sure to recognize as their own.

The Gargoyle
The Gargoyle By Davidson, Andrew Book - 2008 FICTION DAVIDSON 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time, The Gargoyle is a hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive.

Clown Girl
Clown Girl A Novel By Drake, Monica Book - 2007 FICTION DRAKE Available in some locations

Annotation:Drake has created a novel that blends the high comedy of early film stars — most notably Chaplin and W.C. Fields — to raise questions of class, gender, economics, and prejudice. Resisting easy classification, this debut novel blends the bizarre, the humorous, and the gritty with great skill.

What We Are
What We Are By Malae, Peter Nathaniel Book - 2010 FICTION MALAE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A blazing and authentic new literary voice, Malae has written a bold debut novel. What We Are tells a raw and powerful, bullet-fast story that looks at contemporary America through the eyes of one disillusioned son.

Then We Came to the End
Then We Came to the End A Novel By Ferris, Joshua Book - 2007 FICTION FERRIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is a family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.

Bad Monkeys
Bad Monkeys By Ruff, Matt Book - 2007 FICTION RUFF Available in some locations

Annotation:Jane Charlotte claims to be a member of a secret organization — the Bad Monkeys — devoted to ridding the world of especially evil people. As Jane's tale grows increasingly bizarre, a psychiatrist tries to sort truth from lies. Is she lying or crazy, or is her tale unbelievably true?

Beat the Reaper
Beat the Reaper A Novel By Bazell, Josh Book - 2009 FICTION BAZELL 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this wild and hilarious debut thriller, Peter Brown is a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with a past, a secret, and a gun — and has 24 hours to save himself and beat the reaper.

The Savage Detectives
The Savage Detectives By Bolaño, Roberto Book - 2007 FICTION BOLANO Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 3 copies

Annotation:In this dazzling novel, the book that established Robert Bolano's international reputation, he tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes — the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself — on a tragicomic quest through their darkening, entropic world.

Hello Kitty Must Die
Hello Kitty Must Die By Choi, Angela S. Book - 2010 FICTION CHOI 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:American Psycho meets The Joy Luck Club, with a pinch of Heathers for the thirty-something set.

Crooked Little Vein
Crooked Little Vein By Ellis, Warren Book - 2007 FICTION ELLIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Packed with mind-bending style and a wild cast of characters, this surprisingly surreal treat from a best-selling comic book writer infuses Robert B. Parker with Kurt Vonnegut, and the madness of the graphic novel world.

Sick City
Sick City A Novel By O'Neill, Tony Book - 2010 FICTION ONEILL 2010

Annotation:Meet Jeffrey and Randal, two desperate junkies and your guides on this top-to-bottom fun-house tour of Hollywood's underbelly. From infamous crime scenes to celebrity treatment centers, Sick City is an outrageous page-turning adventure set in the sun-bleached wilds of LA.

Vernon God Little
Vernon God Little By Pierre, D. B. C. Book - 2003 FICTION PIERRE Available in some locations

Annotation:Vital, riotously funny and energetic, Pierre puts lust for vengeance, materialism and trial by media squarely in the dock. The main character emerges as the lovable upholder of love, truth and homespun wisdom in a world gone mad.

Knockemstiff By Pollock, Donald Ray Book - 2008 FICTION POLLOCK Available in some locations

Annotation:The stories in this collection feature a cast of recurring characters who are woebegone, baffled, and depraved — but irresistibly, undeniably real. With artistic sensibilities reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, Pollock offers a powerful work of fiction in the classic American vein.

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Portlanders claim Chuck Palahniuk as one of their own as his works have gained cult status. From his first gritty novel Fight Club to his latest Damned, if you're a fan of Palahniuk's expert use of language and unimaginable plot twists, you might enjoy some of these titles.