Sunday, July 07, 2013
Phoenix, by Chuck Palahniuk
Phoenix, Chuck Palahniuk. San Francisco: Byliner Fiction, 2013. e-book, 27 pps.
I first became aware of Chuck Palahniuk when my buddy Walt recommended that I read Fight Club. I read it and I liked it, finding the writing to be edgy and satisfying. I am definitely a Chuck Palahniuk fan.
Phoenix is a delightfully evil little short story about a jilted wife named Rachel who had plotted revenge on Ted, her crappy husband and his cat Belinda Carlisle. As a result of Ted's refusal to give up his greasy feline, Toxoplasma gondii was transmitted to their offspring April as a fetus and she was born blind.
Interspersed between the telling of the tale of revenge, Rachel-- who is away from Seattle on business in Orlando-- becomes increasingly concerned over the well-being of April. April has been refusing to speak to her mother on the phone all week. There is possibly a dog.
sapphoq reviews says: I enjoyed Phoenix. It is an excellent taste of Chuck Palahniuk's brusque and raw style. Highly recommended to all but the most wussy and genteel readers.