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Chokeby Chuck Palahniuk
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Victor Mancini's a medical school dropout with a problem. He needs to pay for elder care for his mother, who's got Alzheimer's. So he comes up with the perfect scam: pretending to choke in upscale restaurants and getting saved by fellow diners who, feeling responsible for Victor's life, offer him financial support.Meanwhile, he cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops and spends his days working at Colonial Dunsboro, where his stoner colleagues are sentenced to the stocks for any deviation from the colonial lifestyle. Oh, yeah, and he's desperate to find the truth of his paternity, which his addled mother suggests may be divine.
Victor Mancini has devised a scam to pay for his mother's medical care: pretend to be choking on a piece of food in a restaurant and the person who "saves" you will feel responsible for the rest of their lives. Multiply that by a couple of hundred times and you generate a healthy income.
B format paperback edition of Palahniuk's debut novel - a novel of the relationships between mothers and sons - the addictive power of sex, the terrors of ageing, the ugly truth behind historical theme parks - and a great deal more... "Maybe our generation has found its Don DeLillo" Brett Easton Ellis. "...an extremely funny account of an outsider stuck inside America" "Independent On Sunday".
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