Multcolib Picks: If You Like Chuck Palahniuk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.