Damned by Chuck Palahniuk


“Are you there, Satan, it’s me, Madison.” 13 year old Madison dies over Christmas break at her Swiss boarding school and inexplicably finds herself in Hell. Her cellmates, in a perfect echo of John Hughes’ classic film The Breakfast Club, are a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker. Palahniuk’s version of Hell is all sorts of clever including the job Madison has, as a telemarketer in a sweltering call center. A fun, strange, quirky novel. Highly recommended.

For more books that explore themes of hell and death in a clever manner, check these out:

The Gates by John Connolly

The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

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