• Fresh New Palahniuk

    Posted by Kenneth Mackendrick, 5 years ago

    Confession time: I haven't been keeping up with my Palahniuk blog... this looks promising. Confession time: I didn't read all of Pygmy, I stopped after about a chapter or two. I couldn't stomach the prose. This could be promising. Hopefully it picks up on the cadence and ambiance of Invisible Monsters or Survivor...

    The plot: The novel will feature Lillian Hellman, a real life playright. Revealed on May 4, 2010

    Boy Meets Girl. Boy Gets Girl. Boy Kills Girl.

    The hyperactive love child of Page Six and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? caught in a tawdry love triangle with The Fan. Even Kitty Kelly will blush.

    Soaked, nay, marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood, Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard –inflected homage to Old Hollywood when Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost; a veritable Tourette’s syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list; and a merciless send-up of Lillian Hellman’s habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond.

    Our Thelma Ritter–ish narrator is Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine “Miss Kathie” Kenton—veteran of multiple marriages, career comebacks, and cosmetic surgeries. But danger arrives with gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie’s heart (and boudoir). Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie’s death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman–penned musical extravaganza; as the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans—and for posterity.

    Tell-All is funny, subversive, and fascinatingly clever. It’s wild, it’s wicked, it’s bold-faced—it’s vintage Chuck. - Random House

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  • 5 years ago

    I can't wait for this one.

    I loved Pygmy though. Although I didn't start to love it until after 80 pages or so.

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