Phoenix by Chuck Palahniuk
Rachel married Ted because he was uncomplicated and loyal. But he was also devoted to his wretched house and his first love, an old, flatulent cat named Belinda Carlisle.
Once Rachel becomes pregnant, Ted reluctantly agrees to move and give up the cat. But the house doesn't sell.
When the house burns to the ground in a freak conflagration and the couple's daughter, April, is born blind soon thereafter, the marriage is never the same again.
Estimated reading time: 23 minutes. Number of pages: 28.