Zombie: A Novel

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Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker is obsessed with zombie movies. He attends an all-boys Catholic High School where roving gangs in plaid make his days a living hell. His mother is an absentee pillhead, his older brother a self-diagnosed sex-addict, and his father an ex-Marine realtor who disappears night after night without explanation.

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Jeremy navigates it all with a code cobbled together from Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Planet Terror, Zombieland and Dawn of the Dead:
  • Avoid Contact
  • Keep Quiet
  • Forget the Past
  • Lock-and-load
  • Fight to Survive

  • The code is put to the test when he discovers in his father's closet a bizarre homemade video of a man strapped to a bed, being prepped for some sort of surgical procedure. As Jeremy--troubled but ever-optimistic--attempts to trace the origin of the video, this remarkable debut moves from its sharp, precocious beginnings to a climax of almost unthinkable violence, testing him to the core.

    "If you want to know how teenagers feel and what they say when adults aren’t around, Zombie–a funny and very authentic, well-written first novel by J. R. Angelella–should definitely be the next book you read." —John Waters

    "Zombie is one of the smartest, strangest, and most beautifully crafted coming-of-age stories you will ever encounter." -Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time

    Additional Information

    Author J. R. Angelella
    Publisher Soho Press
    Page Count 339pp
    Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25 x 1
    Publication Notes trade paperback
    Publication Date June 5, 2012
    ISBN 978-1616950880

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