Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
(Man Booker Prize)

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In the town jail of Martirio – the barbecue sauce capital of Central Texas – sits fifteen-year-old Vernon Little, dressed only in New Jack trainers and underpants. He is in trouble.

His friend Jesus has just blown away sixteen of his classmates before turning the gun on himself. And Vernon, as his only buddy, has become the focus of the town’s need for vengeance.

The news of the tragedy has resulted in the quirky backwater being flooded with wannabe CNN hacks all-too-keen to claim their fifteen minutes and lay the blame for the killings at Vernon’s feet. In particular Eulalio Ledesma, who begins manipulating matters so that Vernon becomes the centre for the bizarre and vengeful impulses of the townspeople of Martirio.

But Vernon is sure he’ll be ok. “Why do movies end happy? Because they imitate life. You know it, I know it.”

Peopled by a cast of grotesques, freaks, coldblooded chattering housewives (who are all mysteriously, recently widowed), and one very special adolescent with an unfortunate talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Vernon God Little is riotously funny and puts lust for vengeance, materialism, and trial by media squarely in the dock. It also heralds the arrival of one of the most exciting and acclaimed voices in contemporary fiction, who with this debut novel illustrates that in modern times innocence and basic humanity may not be enough.
 

About DBC Pierre

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DBC Pierre s first novel, "Vernon God Little", won the Man Booker Prize. His other novels include "Ludmila's Broken English" and "Lights Out in Wonderland". He lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.
 
Published June 16, 2011 by Canongate Books. 303 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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We know that one summer Tuesday in the oil town of Martirio in central Texas there occurred a Columbine-style massacre, and we know the identity of the shooter, but the context of the killings is withheld until near the end: that’s the hole in the doughnut.

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The Guardian

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Vernon Gregory Little, narrator of DBC Pierre's novel, uses only one explicit literary allusion.

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The Guardian

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Vernon God Little was like an immaculate birth - not that it was divine in any way, but he came without any visible courtship or congress with the literary world.

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The ending, in contrast, was done just a couple of times, giving ammunition to the blogger on the book club website who thought that the novelist had snatched his ending.

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And, although the play offers the humanist message that what matters is how you treat the living, sentimentality is kept at bay by the reminder that Vernon's mum is more concerned with the arrival of her new fridge than her son's possible execution.

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Publishers Weekly

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Most of the plotting feels like an excuse for Vernon's endless, sharply snide riffs on his small town and the unique excesses of America that helped spawn the killings.

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Examiner

A fifteen year old boy in a small Texas town, Vernon Gregory Little is an oddball kid who is misunderstood and never given the proper chance to explain his involvement in a school shooting which also took the life of his best friend, Jesus.

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AV Club

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When Vernon God Little, the debut novel of pseudonymous author DBC Pierre, won England's prestigious Booker Prize in October, committee chairman John Carey issued a telling statement, praising the book's black comedy for "reflecting our alarm but also our fascination with modern America."

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Entertainment Weekly

Little's mom and her lady friends serve up ''a gumbo of lies, cellulite, and f---en wuv,'' while the rest of the townsfolk try to either bust Vernon as an accessory to the murders or cash in on Martirio's 15 minutes of cable-TV fame.

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The Telegraph

Rating: * * *

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London Review of Books

The Booker jury properly praised this novel for its linguistic daring, but the price is that Vernon, sure enough, does not always sound like a 15-year-old: ‘the certainty of our kid logic got washed away, leaving pebbles of anger and doubt that crack together with each new wave of emotion,’ Verno...

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The Hollywood Reporter

LONDON -- The Young Vic’s new production of Vernon God Little, based on DBC Pierre’s 2003 Booker Prize-winning novel, tries to jam in as many of its characters, incidents and ideas as possible, but ends up in Jerry Springer territory with little of the book’s vitality and wit.

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Project MUSE

When it was announced at the end of last year that Vernon God Little had won the Man Booker, England's most coveted award for literature, the author, D.

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