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Beautiful You (Hardcover)
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Feeling pressured to be a victor of women's liberation, Penny experiences the struggles for success and respect. Spending her life filing papers and fetching coffee resulted in the need for a new frontier of freedom instead of goals set by others. Being an ambitious attorney, and the need for approval from professors, Penny felt the pressures of fashion and politics rather than her true passion in life, and now dreams of reclaiming power and authority to reconstruct gender roles dance in her head. Enter C. Linus Maxwell, a tycoon and aristocrat who has side-stepped marriages several times over, who is constantly viewed by the public and tabloids for his adoration and riches that could be bestowed upon the lucky female of his choosing. A chance meeting creates a date for Penny in which the whole world will be watching. She has now gone from miserable and invisible to the spotlight of many eyes. Maxwell rains his offensive compliments of being text book average onto Penny, yet his charisma persuades her to become his scientific biological experiment. A guinea pig or laboratory rat if you will. Believing that chronic mental and physical ailments of the female gender can be easily cured with the right tools, Penny soon uncovers a sinister scheme that could change the female condition as we know it.
Chuck Palahniuk has created a controversial storyline of women who have been excluded from the full pleasures available to their bodies. Beautiful You begins as a line of women's personal care products packaged in attractive pink wrapping under the umbrella of a rich corporation goes wrong only in a way formed by the creative mind of Palahniuk. As the characters are formed and the story unfolds the reader will sense the primal animal impulses clashing with modern technology resulting in an evolutionary discovery. Entertaining humor is consistently wrapped around the medical jargon used by Palahniuk to describe his sexually addicted society that uses artificial overstimulated products, weighing down the present generation. The reader will be introduced to the character Penny, as the guide and solution for the female species to this dilemma. Fans of Palahniuk will love this endeavor into the dystopia of the female gender that creates a paranoid male hysteria. A full recommendation is given for this edgy humorous book.
"A billion husbands are about to be replaced."
From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of a new product that gives new meaning to the term "self-help."
Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of gratification for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of feminine products to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for battery-powered world domination must be stopped. But how?
About the Author
CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of thirteen novels—Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club—which all have sold more than five million copies in the United States. He is also the author Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at chuckpalahniuk.net.
Praise for Beautiful You…
Praise for Beautiful You:
"Sex is on the mind of author Chuck Palahniuk, and it is taken to extremes and tweaked to outrageous lengths in his latest novel, Beautiful You. 50 Shades of Grey this isn't. In fact, the book is almost a middle finger to "mommy porn" and the popularity of modern erotica — while also being a smart, satirical take on misogyny, fame, the fashion industry, self-help and science... Palahniuk's graphic storytelling is bound to ruffle puritanical feathers—which is probably part of his point—but it's essential to the societal takedown. Nothing is sacred and everything gets torched, from pop culture (at one point vampire novels are used as thrown weapons, an obvious Twilight reference) to celebrity."
"[Palahniuk's] legion of fans will adore all its excesses.... [G]reat fun..."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"The author of Fight Club offers barbed social satire that turns Aristophanes’ Lysistrata sideways; giving readers something to talk about."
"Palahniuk continues to push limits in this satire of sex and consumerism... His cheeky wit is at its best in this grotesque novel; his semi-erotic writing is efficacious and there are some downright beautiful scenes."
"...[A] subtle and empathic piece of work."