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Lullaby

by Chuck Palahniuk

Lullaby Synopsis

Carl Streator is a reporter investigating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for a soft-news feature. After responding to several calls with paramedics, he notices that all the dead children were read the same poem from the same library book the night before they died. It's a 'culling song' - an ancient African spell for euthanizing sick or old people. Researching it, he meets a woman who killed her own child with it accidentally. He himself accidentally killed his own wife and child with the same poem twenty years earlier. Together, the man and the woman must find and destroy all copies of this book, and try not to kill every rude sonofabitch that gets in their way. Lullaby is a comedy/drama/tragedy. In that order. It may also be Chuck Palahniuk's best book yet.

Lullaby Press Reviews

There are more plot ideas in Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby than some writers manage in a whole book * Independent * Palahniuk starts with a throwaway thought - what if words could hurt? - and stretches it until it snaps * Arena * A black comic cauldron bubbling with contagious ideas * Time Out * Mr. Palahniuk further refines his ability to create parables that are as substantial as they are off-the-wall * New York Times * This is vintage Palahniuk: weird, creepy, twisted, upsetting, and ultimately a great read * Library Journal *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099437963
Publication date: 5th June 2003
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk is the bestselling author of fifteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You, and most recently Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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