"Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison" – so the preppy heroine of Palahniuk's novel kicks off each new chapter, cutely pardoying Judy Blume's Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.
After a drug overdose, 13-year old Madison has woken up to find herself still battling with weight issues and low self-esteem. As she journeys across an infernal landscape of toe-nail clippings and The Great Ocean of Wasted Sperm, she tries to work out how she died. An almost divine comedy that conjures up an underworld whose sinners are more likely to be guilty of sartorial, not satanic, misdemeanours.