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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A teenager is accused of a school massacre and the forces of fate work against him to provide evidence of seeming guilt. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AnneLivia
PIerre's colourful prose and characters make an irresistible read out of some potentially controversial subject matter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Allan Alba
I was buzzing with injustice throughout. A gripping read. Really is a snippet of small town life with richly cliched characters and bias authority figures. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miss P. Martin
Amazing book, held my breath for half of if! Pierre has a gripping writing style, I'd highly recommend to anyone!Published 4 months ago by megan atkinson
I suppose I should have learnt by now to avoid Booker prize winners, as they're almost guaranteed to be disappointing. This was one of the worst, however. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phil O'Sofa
I found Vernon's disarming honesty when describing the daily hopes and fears of a teenage boy caught up in a bizarre drama totally captivating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Powell