PREVIEW: ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Choke’ Author Chuck Palahniuk Returns to Miami with New, Disturbing Satire

Chuck Palahniuk (Courtesy of Miami Book Fair)

While Miami Book Fair takes place pre-Thanksgiving week this year, Books & Books brings the offbeat author Chuck Palahniuk is making an appearance for the fair’s “An Evening With” series at Miami Dade College on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are available here and include a pre-signed copy of his new fiction novel Not Forever, But for Now. 

Celebrating the release of his novel, Not Forever, But for Now, the book sees Palahniuk’s signature subversive pen telling a hilarious horror satire about a family of professional killers responsible for the most atrocious events in history and the young brothers that are destined to take over.
With his novel skewering late 90s masculinity Fight Club became a cult classic film directed by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, Palahniuk’s deeply visual and off-kilter writing gained massive attention. The eventual success of the movie led to his other novel Choke adapted into a film featuring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston.

Palahniuk’s eclectic catalog of over fourteen novels also features the writer dipping into non-fiction such as Consider This: Moments In My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different where the author gives a masterclass on the craft of the written word.

About “Not Forever, But for Now” 
Meet Otto and Cecil. Two brothers growing up privileged in the Welsh countryside. They enjoy watching nature shows, playing with their pet pony, impersonating their Grandfather…and killing the help. Murder is the family business after all. Downton Abbey, this is not.

However, it’s not so easy to continue the family legacy with the constant stream of threats and distractions seemingly leaping from the hedgerow. First there is the matter of the veritable cavalcade of escaped convicts that keep showing up at their door. Not to mention the debaucherous new tutor who has a penchant for speaking in Greek and dismembering sex dolls. Then there’s Mummy’s burgeoning opioid addiction. And who knows where Daddy is. He just vanished one day after he and Mummy took a walk in the so called “Ghost Forest.”

With Grandfather putting pressure on Otto to step up, it becomes clear that this will all end in only two a nuclear apocalypse or just another day among the creeping thistle and tree peonies. And in a novel written by Chuck Palahniuk, either are equally possible.

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