Nominated by:

Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli, Italy

Publisher of nominated edition:

Jonathan Cape, UK


Chuck Palahniuk      

2013 Longlist

Thirteen year old Madison has problems: she’s overweight, ignored by her movie star parents, and in love with her adopted brother. She’s also dead. But not just dead. Madison is in Hell. Chuck Palahniuk’s latest, Damned, takes us on Madison’s journey through Hell, as she navigates the Hillocks of Discarded Nail Pairings and the River of Vomit, meeting everyone from Charles Darwin to Marilyn Monroe, with a colorful cast of characters (damned for unspeakable acts, like wearing white shoes after Labor Day), to determine why she’s really there, and whether she will be damned for eternity. In Damned, Hell really does exist, as a place where your only career choice is telemarketer (yes, that’s where those calls actually originate), the currency is Halloween candy, and ‘the in-flight movie is always The English Patient, never The Breakfast Club.’ With witty, laugh-out-loud prose, and a twist like only Palahniuk can write, this dark comedic novel is sure to be ranked among his best.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk’s eleven previous novels are the bestselling Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted,
Lullaby, Diary, Choke – which has been made into a film by director Clark Gregg, starring Sam
Rockwell and Anjelica Huston – Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Fight Club, which was made into
a film by director David Fincher. He is also the author of the nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, Fugitives and Refugees, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Librarian’s Comments

Damned is a tragicomic experience in hell by a 13-year-old girl, probably died of marijuana overdose, a serious but funny reflection on death, and life.

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