Vernon God Little

Vernon God Little

by D B C Pierre (Author)

Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little is in trouble. And it has something to do with the recent massacre of 16 students at his high school. Soon the quirky backwater of Martirio, barbecue capital of Texas, is flooded with wannabe CNN hacks keen to lay the blame at Vernon's feet. Eulalio Ledesma, in particular, sniffs out his opportunity to make good at Vernon's expense. As the net tightens and desire for a scapegoat reaches fever-pitch, Vernon decides to leave town for Mexico and a date - or so he hopes - with the divine Taylor Figueroa. Peopled by a cast of freaks, obese law-enforcement officers and cold-blooded chattering housewives, Vernon God Little is a riotous adventure story that cuts a swathe through the heart of contemporary America.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: 20 Jan 2003

ISBN 10: 0571215157
ISBN 13: 9780571215157
Prizes: Winner of Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2003 and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2003 and Booker Prize for Fiction 2003. Shortlisted for Guardian First Book Award 2003 and Whitbread Prize (First Novel) 2003.

Media Reviews
The terrorist atrocity that flattens skyscrapers or turns a busy nightclub into a crater is typically described by eyewitnesses as like a film and by novelists as an event too improbable for fiction. It is some years since Philip Roth wrote in a famous essay about a reality that is a kind of embarrassment to one's own meagre imagination . It is this reality, the one you couldn't make up if you tried, which only makes sense as an insane film, that is the subject of this utterly original first novel about an American teenager falsely accused of a high school massacre, put on trial by television, and sentenced to death by lethal injection. Funnier than The Simpsons, closer to the knuckle than The Office, this is comic writing of the highest order. Pierre is a very clever and - quite possibly - extremely dangerous man.
Author Bio
DBC Pierre was born in Reynella, South Australia. He was raised in Mexico between the ages of seven and twenty-three, although he has also travelled extensively. DBC Pierre has worked as a designer and cartoonist, and currently lives in Ireland. Vernon God Little, his first novel, won the 2003 Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse Award, the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, and the 2003 Man Booker Prize.