If there's any justice, it is only a matter of time before the work of the curiously-named DBC Pierre becomes essential reading for anyone interested in cutting-edge writing today. Vernon God Little
is a book that has a totally individual (and very quirky) identity, from a writer with a finger on the pulse of contemporary society (particularly its less comfortable aspects). Pierre is also a satirical writer in the vein of such talents as Terry Southern, and there is a manic quality to his work that makes the experience of reading him both disorienting and exhilarating. As a first novel, this is a remarkable achievement.
Teenager Vernon Gregory Little's life has been changed by the Columbine-style slaughter of a group of students at his high school. Soon his hole-in-the-wall town is blanketed under a media siege, and Vernon finds himself blamed for the killing (rather than the real culprit, a friend of Vernon's). Eulalio Ledesma is his particular nemesis, manipulating things so that Vernon becomes the fulcrum for the bizarre and vengeful impulses of the townspeople of Martirio. After a truly surrealistic set of events, Vernon finds himself heading for a fateful assignation in Mexico with the delectable Taylor Figueros (everyone in the book has names as odd as the author's).
By setting his novel in the barbecue-sauce capital of Central Texas, Pierre ensures that his narrative is going to be some distance from naturalistic writing. And as a scalpel-like satirical incision into the mores of contemporary America, reality TV and media hysteria, Vernon God Little often reads like a fractured modern-day take on such novels as John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. --Barry Forshaw
'Funny and breathtakingly stroppy.' -- I-D Magazine, 1 February 2003
'Part satire, part pathos, Vernon God Little engages on all levels - intellectual, visceral, emotional, comedic ... A remarkable first novel.' -- Uncut, Book of the Month, February 1 2003
'Raw and vital, this novel, as Vernon so righteously says, 'fucken rocks'.' -- Elle Magazine 1 February 2003
'Read Vernon God Little not only for its dangerous relevance, but for the coruscating wit and raw vitality of its voice...' -- Jonathan Lethem
'Thanks to his sharp send-up of contemporary America ... DBC Pierre ... is rightly named as the US's [sic] latest literary wunderkind.' -- GQ Magazine, January 1 2003
'You know what this terrific book is like? It's like The Osbournes invited The Simpsons round for a root beer, and Don DeLillo dropped by to write a new song for Eminem.' -- Andrew O'Hagan