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by Chuck Palahniuk

Author: Chuck Palahniuk

Literature & Fiction » Contemporary

Language: English

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Lullaby is the story of Carl Streator, a newspaper reporter who has been assigned to write articles on a series of cases of sudden infant death syndrome, from which his own child had died. Streator discovers that his wife and child had died immediately after he read them a "culling song", or African chant, from a book entitled Poems and Rhymes Around the World.

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ISBN: 0385722192
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...stomping until the downstairs neighbor pounds the ceiling with his fist. Chapter 4 My second crib death assignment is in a concrete-block housing project on the edge of downtown, the deceased slumped in a high chair in the middle of the afternoon while the baby-sitter cried in the bedroom. The high chair was in the kitchen. Dirty dishes were piled in the sink. Back in the City Room, Duncan, my editor, asks, "Single or double sink?" Another detail about Duncan is, when he talks, he spits. Double, I tell him. Stainless steel. Separate hot and cold knobs, pistol-grip-style with porcelain handles. No spray nozzle. And Duncan says, "The model of refrigerator?" Little spits of his saliva flash in the office lights. Amana, I say. "They have a calendar?" Little touches of Duncan's spit spray my hand, my arm, the side of my face. The spit's cold from the air-conditioning. The calendar had a painting of an o[misprint for 30 letters] mill, I tell him, the waterwheel kind. Sent out by an...



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