"Survivor" and "Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk

Another fiercely satirical novel, this time about the nature of celebrity and religion. The sole survivor of a religious cult suddenly finds himself becoming an international celebrity. The whole story is told via a black box from the airplane that the protagonist hijacks and plans to crash in the Australian outback. A wild romp about the fine line between religious cults and celebrity worship.



Choke - Chuck Palahniuk

This one was also made into a film which I’ve yet to see. The story of a foster child who seeks love by pretending to choke on food in restaurants. He uses the money his “saviors” donate to him to help care for his dying mother---a wild, crazy woman with a lifetime of crazy antics and prison time behind her. because of his dysfunctional childhood, the protagonist often seeks love via sex addiction therapy groups and is only able to have superficial relations with them. A satyrical look at modern masculinity and sexuality.

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