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Diary: A Novel
by Chuck Palahniuk
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PublisherAnchor
Release Date2004-09-14 (added to CC 25 Jul 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank11,837
Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she’s now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn’t stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they’ve found on the walls of houses he remodeled.

Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives. What unfolds is a dark, hilarious story from America’s most inventive nihilist, and Palahniuk’s most impressive work to date.

Member Reviews
(23 Mar 2007)
I agree, not his best work. Some of the repetition he used as a rhythm-device, was overdone ("And the weather today is a touch of annoyance with a tad bit of jealousy"...) Reading Haunted right now...much better...very funny...very gross.
(22 Mar 2007)
This was a very strong novel, but not Palahniuk's best (Haunted & Lullaby are, in my opinion). Nonetheless a fascinating read that stands apart from his other work both thematically and in style. Recommended highly.
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