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Damned: Life Is Short, Death Is Forever
Contributor(s): Palahniuk, Chuck
ISBN: 0385533020     ISBN-13: 9780385533027
Publisher: Doubleday
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: October 2011
Annotation: Abandoned at a Swiss boarding school while her billionaire parents pursue the adoptions of new children during the Christmas season, 11-year-old Madison dies from a drug overdose and arrives in Hell, where she forges Breakfast Club-style friendships with other dead youths and seeks a confrontation with Satan. By the best-selling author of Tell-All.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hell; Fiction.
Future life; Fiction.
Dead; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Literary
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010044841
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.25" W x 1.25" (0.95 lbs) 246 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): CHUCK PALAHNIUK’s eleven best-selling novels—Tell-All, Pygmy,Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Lullaby, Fight Club, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Choke—have sold more than five million copies in the United States. He is also the author ofFugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collectionStranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 May #1)

Move over, Dante, there's a new tour guide to hell: Madison Spencer, the 13-year-old narrator of Palahniuk's cliché-ridden latest bulletin of phoned-in outrage. After self-asphyxiating, Madison wakes up in hell and quickly finds, as she's put to work prank-calling people at dinnertime, that her new home is not much different from Saturday detention in The Breakfast Club. Embarking on a field trip with some new friends, Madison fights demons, raises an army of the dead, and storms the gates of Satan's citadel. At the same time, she flashes back to her unhappy life as the daughter of a self-absorbed movie star mother and a financial tycoon father who collect Third World orphans. Unfortunately, Palahniuk's hell turns out to be a familiar place, filled with long lines, celebrities, dictators, mass murderers, lawyers, and pop culture references and jokes repeated until they are no longer funny. In the end, the author seems to be saying that the real hell is the banality of our earthly lives, an observation that itself seems a little too banal to power this work of fiction. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 July #1)

In his less-than-triumphant return to a satiric hell, Palahniuk offers a new installment in the story of Madison Spencer, the snide, overweight, 13-year-old heroine of Damned—who happens to be dead. When a Halloween revenge prank on some of Madison's living tormenters goes wrong, Satan consigns the erudite and opinionated teen to roam the Earth, invisibly haunting the places and people she once knew. During her wanderings she tries to sort out her relationship with her celebrity parents, who since her death have fallen prey to sinister influences and begun a cult of vulgar self-expression. Madison's homecoming further leads her to revisit some pivotal pre-death experiences, from an eventful trip to upstate New York that ended in tragedy and damnation to her strained relationship with her oblivious parents. But Madison is special: she is stuck in purgatory for a reason, which may be nothing less than the salvation of the entire world. At the heart of the rollicking story is a girl's relationship with her parents, but Palahniuk embroiders the tale with myriad poop jokes and gratuitous vulgarity with scant comedic value. Meanwhile, his usually acute apothegms sound strained through Madison's artificial voice. While Palahniuk's fans will surely be pleased, the books reads like a YA novel from hell whose threadbare premise only sporadically entertains. Agent: Edward Hibbert, Donadio & Olson. (Oct. 10)

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