I shamelessly relished this grubby little satire. Here's the delightful part: the story begins as a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey and snowballs into a story of world-domination through sex toys and one woman from Nebraska finding herself pitted against a multibillionaire sociopath. There's even a pilgrimage to an ancient erotic guru who lives alone on a crag of the Himalayas. All of this takes place in the near-future. Without giving too much away, I'll say that it is mostly a story about gender politics, sexual liberation, consumer enslavement, and vagina dentata. I wasn't too offended by it as a woman, and I think it would be a mistake to take Palahniuk too deadly-seriously. This is one of his more relatively mature books, though just as gratifyingly extreme as the others. I think he is just playing with the theme of modern sex positivity and the power women hold in the consumer market, not ridiculing the idea of female libido or even sex toys themselves. .— From Clelia's Picks
Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm. She has an apartment, but no love life. When C. Linus Maxwell, a mega-billionaire and international playboy, invites her to dinner and then whisks her off to a hotel in Paris, where he brings her to undreamed-of heights of sexual gratification for days on end, Penny is, well, pleased. However, when Penny discovers she is a test subject for a line of female sex toys so effective that women by the millions are lining up outside the stores to buy it on opening day, she understands the gravity the situation. A billion husbands are about to be replaced. What is Maxwell really up to? Erotically enabled world domination? Penny sets out to discover his motivations, and with a little help, stop him before it is too late.
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.
"[Palahniuk's] legion of fans will adore all its excesses. . . . Great fun..."—San Francisco
"Genuinely shocking and entertaining." -- The Times, London
"Nothing is sacred and everything gets torched.”—USA Today
"Palahniuk continues to push limits in this satire of sex and consumerism. . . . There are some downright beautiful scenes."—Publishers Weekly