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Publisher's Summary

John Kennedy Toole - who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces - wrote The Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of 16. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole's heirs. It was only in 1989, 35 years after it was written and 20 years after Toole's suicide at 31, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative novel was freed for publication.

©1989 W. Kenneth Holditch, Marion Toole Hosli, Sharon H. Muniz, Althea Toole Farley, and Mary Toole McGuire. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Amazing for a 16-year-old author!

While Toole was obviously a very talented teenage writer, and I'd give 5 stars for that age group, compared to adult fiction, it must honestly be rated as a four. This would be a wonderful book for elementary school kids to listen to! They would be far more interested in another child's story, told in a way children can appreciate.

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Outstanding

Amazing. Brilliant performance, a rich & engaging story. Toole's talent even at age sixteen is immense.

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