The first novel by the Pulizer Prize-winning author of A Confederacy Of Dunces. David is a young boy growing up in a small Southern town in the 1940s. From his porch, David can see the whole valley, including the neon Bible that lights up the sky, emblem of the God-fearing folk who snub his family because Poppa can't afford the church dues.
Praise for The Neon Bible…
Heartfelt emotion, communicated in clean direct prose . . . a remarkable achievement.”Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
A powerful novel that belongs on the shelf with the works of Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and Eudora Welty. It is a moving evocation of the small-town South in the mid-twentieth century, and it is an expertly crafted tale of an adolescent boy finding the courage to make the decisions to change his life.”William McKeen, Orlando Sentinel
John Kennedy Toole’s tender, nostalgic side is as brilliantly effective as his corrosive satire. If you liked To Kill A Mockingbird you will love The Neon Bible.”Florence King
Shockingly mature. . . . Even at sixteen, Toole knew that the way to write about complex emotions is to express them simply.”Kerry Luft, Chicago Tribune