Lullaby|Chuck Palahniuk
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Ever heard of a culling song? It's a lullaby sung in Africa to give a painless death to the old or infirm. The lyrics of a culling song kill, whether spoken or even just thought. You can find one on page 27 of Poems and Rhymes from Around the World, an anthology that is sitting on the shelves of libraries across the country, waiting to be picked up by unsuspecting readers. Reporter Carl Streator discovers the song's lethal nature while researching Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and before he knows it, he's reciting the poem to anyone who bothers him. As the body count rises, Streator glimpses the potential catastrophe if someone truly malicious finds out about the song. The only answer is to find and destroy every copy of the book in the country. Accompanied by a shady real-estate agent, her Wiccan assistant, and the assistant's truly annoying ecoterrorist boyfriend, Streator begins a desperate cross-country quest to put the culling song to rest. Written with a style and imagination that could only come from Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby is the latest outrage from one of our most exciting writers at work today.


  • ISBN-13: 9780385722193
  • ISBN-10: 0385722192
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: July 2003
  • Dimensions: 8.14 x 5.26 x 0.59 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds
  • Page Count: 272


One of contemporary literature's most innovative authors, Palahniuk has consistently surprised readers with his twisted, satirical tales of life in the modern world. Lullaby is another eccentric bestseller, the story of a journalist named Carl Streator, who comes across a song with lyrics that—literally—kill. While investigating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Streator learns that all of the disorder's recent victims were read the same poem, an African song that, when repeated to any listener, has fatal results. Adding to the creepiness of his discovery is Helen Hoover Boyle, a realtor who deals in haunted houses, and who also knows the secret of the song. Together, they embark on a journey to find and destroy all existing copies of the poem. With his singular sense of humor and eye for the offbeat, Palahniuk provokes with every page of this memorable novel.