Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
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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.

About Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Published September 14, 2004 by Anchor. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The New York Times

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Two books by Chuck Palahniuk: a thriller set in a spooky community of blue-blood islanders and a tour of the dark side of his Northwest hometown.

Aug 31 2003 | Read Full Review of Diary: A Novel

The Guardian

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Misty is forced to fulfil a perverse sacrificial destiny for the island, joining the historic Waytansea School of Painters whose ghostly 19th-century originals have also scrawled cryptic messages of doom on the books and houses of the island.

Sep 19 2003 | Read Full Review of Diary: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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With a first page that captures the reader hook, line and sinker, Palahniuk (Choke; Lullaby) plunges into the odd predicament o

Jul 07 2003 | Read Full Review of Diary: A Novel

Book Reporter

By that time, Misty is married to Peter,.

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AV Club

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And while Misty begins by directly addressing her husband ("All you need to understand is you turned out to be one sorry sack of shit"), Diary vibrates rapidly and repeatedly between third and second person, sometimes addressing Misty instead, sometimes writing about her as a separate entity.

Sep 09 2003 | Read Full Review of Diary: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

But while Misty's paintings are ultimately assembled into one mind-bending masterwork, Palahniuk's themes .

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