The Neon Bible

Author(s): John Kennedy Toole

Fiction

John Kennedy Toole, who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces, wrote The Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of sixteen. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole's heirs. It was only in 1989, thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after Toole's suicide at thirty-one, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative novel was freed for publication.   The Neon Bible opens with the narrator, a young man named David, on a train, leaving the small Southern town he's grown up in for the first time. What unspools is the tender and tragic coming-of-age story of a lonely child, a story that revolves around David's unorthodox friendship with his great-aunt Mae--a former stage performer who is fiercely at odds with the conservative townspeople--and the everyday toll of living in an environment of religious fanaticism.

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General Fields

  • : 9781611854985
  • : Atlantic
  • : Grove Press
  • : November 2018
  • : ---length:- '20'width:- '13'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Kennedy Toole
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 813.5/4
  • : 176