Books by Percival Everett and Complete Book Reviews

Percival Everett, Author . Graywolf $15 (208p) ISBN 978-1-55597-411-4
Novelist and satirist Everett (Erasure ; A History of the African American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond ) gives his own particular spin to tales of fly-fishing and the American South and West in his second short story collection. In "Alluv
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Percival Everett, Author Graywolf Press $22 (216p) ISBN 978-1-55597-476-3
In this latest tense salvo from the author of Wounded and Erasure, Ishmael Kidder-divorced, self-loathing, and distrustful of government and restaurants-lives on a mountain outside of Taos, New Mexico, writing romance novels under the name Estelle...
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Percival Everett. Graywolf, $15 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-55597-634-7
It is a testament to Everett’s brilliance as a writer (I Am Not Sidney Poitier) that his latest novel, so damnably frustrating and more than occasionally tedious, is also so humanely adept at getting to the heart of the human condition. What story...
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Percival Everett, Author Graywolf Press $22.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-55597-296-7
A creator of fantastically clever fictional conceits who at times is incapable of channeling his seething imagination into a coherent story line, Everett (Frenzy) attempts another ambitious feat of literary ventriloquism in this off-kilter academic...
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Percival Everett, Author Graywolf Press $12.95 (156p) ISBN 978-1-55597-238-7
Rodeo riders and sensitive artistes pepper these disparate stories, some of which sing while others creak. Author of Zulus and God's Country, Everett is at his best when he reaches beyond the protagonist's self-study and gives other characters stage
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Percival Everett. Graywolf, $15 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-55597-598-2
Everett, who has put his uniquely wacky spin on genres from Greek myths to westerns, does the same for crime fiction in his effective follow-up to I Am Not Sidney Poitier. Deputy Ogden Walker, the son of a black father and a white mother,...
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Percival Everett, Author Permanent Press (NY) $22 (248p) ISBN 978-0-932966-97-1
This idiosyncratic, apocalyptic novel set in the post-thermonuclear future unfolds as the thoughts relates the story of grotesquely fat Alice Achitophel, the last fertile woman on Earth. After being raped in the first chapter, she is discovered by...
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Percival Everett, Author . Hyperion $24.95 (291p) ISBN 978-0-7868-6917-6
When UCLA professor Ted Street sits up in his coffin at his own funeral, mayhem ensues in this smart, satirical and engrossing novel by prolific Everett (Glyph ; Erasure ; etc.). Ted had been planning suicide, but a car accident conveniently sliced...
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Percival Everett, Author . Graywolf $16 (234p) ISBN 978-1-55597-527-2
Driven by the most sidesplitting dialogue this side of Catch-22 , Everett's latest tells the story of a young man named Not Sidney Poitier who bears an uncanny resemblance to the famed actor and is adept at deploying a hypnotic technique called
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Percival Everett. Graywolf (FSG, dist.), $16 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-55597-782-5
Art, friendship, family, and sex all jostle for priority of focus in the prolific Everett’s contemplative new novel. The plot doesn’t so much unfold or tighten but rather follows the idiosyncratic thoughts of its protagonist, a renowned painter...
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Percival Everett. Graywolf, $16 trade paper (176p) ISBN 978-1-55597-719-1
Everett’s writing style is difficult to pin down, and his latest collection will provide readers with a new set of wonderful enigmas. Set in the snowy western U.S., the stories are stylistically mercurial—equal parts zany and somber, highlighting...
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Percival Everett, Author . Graywolf $23 (207p) ISBN 978-1-55597-427-5
John Hunt, narrator of this western-with-a-twist, is a Wyoming rancher, horse trainer and Berkeley-educated art lover. He also happens to be black, an identity that Everett (American Desert ; Erasure ) presents as unremarkable in the rancher's...
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Percival Everett, Author Graywolf Press $12.95 (162p) ISBN 978-1-55597-244-8
What transpires inside the mind of a god? Specifically, inside the mind of Dionysos, Greek god of wine, pleasure and eroticism? Everett's playful novel attempts to answer that question, weaving together the god's memories as narrated by Vlepo,...
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Percival Everett, Author, Sherman Alexie, Introduction by Graywolf Press $22.95 (216p) ISBN 978-1-55597-237-0
Displaying much of the rueful irony and political bite, but none of the comic elan that distinguished his last novel, God's Country, Everett unfurls a disturbing, but rough-hewn story about a disaffected African American hydrologist, reluctantly...
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Percival Everett, read by Patrick Lawlor. HighBridge Audio, , unabridged, 7 CDs, 7.5 hrs., $29.99 ISBN 978-1-6816-8565-6
Audiobook veteran Lawlor rises to the challenges presented by the latest novel from Everett. The story gradually weaves together three sprawling threads in the life of painter Kevin Pace: his current life as a husband and father raising two...
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Percival Everett, Author, Madison Smartt Bell, Introduction by Faber & Faber $21.95 (219p) ISBN 978-0-571-19832-0
Launching the publisher's Callaloo series, dedicated to books by ``writers of African descent,'' this corrosively funny and disquieting picaresque novel addresses the politics of identity and the racist brutality that marked America's westward...
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Percival Everett. Graywolf, $16 trade paper (232p) ISBN 978-1-64445-022-2
Everett’s affecting if uneven latest (after the novel So Much Blue) is narrated by Zach Wells, a tenured “geologist-slash-paleobiologist” professor at a university in Los Angeles. Wells’s life is cushy yet dissatisfying—his marriage has stagnated,...
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Percival Everett. Graywolf, $16 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-64445-064-2
Everett’s sharp latest (after Telephone) spins a puckish revenge fantasy into dark social satire underpinned by a whodunit. In the archetypal Southern town of Money, Miss., someone is knocking off white men, most with a history of racist views. The...
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Percival Everett. Graywolf, $16 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-64445-208-0
The immensely enjoyable latest from Booker-shortlisted Everett (The Trees) sends up spy movie tropes while commenting on racism in the U.S. The narrator is Wala Kitu, a Black mathematics professor researching the substance of “nothing,” which yields
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