Diary: A Novel

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DIARY takes the form of a 'coma diary' kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband, Peter, lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt.

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Once Misty was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after her marriage and return to once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she is just a resort hotel maid. Peter, it turns out, has been scrawling vile messages all over the walls of hidden rooms in houses he has been remodeling - an old habit of builders but dramatically overdone in Peter's case. Angry homeowners are suing left and right, and Misty's dreams of artistic greatness are reduced to ashes. But then, as if possessed by the spirit of Maura Kinkaid, a fabled Waytansea artist of the nineteenth century, Misty begins painting again, compulsively. The canvases are taken away by her mother-in-law and her doctor, who seem to have a plan for Misty - and for all those annoying tourists. . . DIARY is a dark, hilarious, and poignant act of storytelling from America's favorite, most inventive nihilist. It is Chuck Palahniuk's finest novel yet. 'Just for the record, DIARY is as hypnotic as a poised cobra. Chuck Palahniuk demonstrates that the most chilling special effects come not from Industrial Light and Magic but from the words of a gifted writer.' -Ira Levin, author of ROSEMARY'S BABY

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Author Chuck Palahniuk
Publisher Anchor Books
Page Count 260pp
Publication Size 5 x 8
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date 2004
ISBN 978-1400032815

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