"Personally, I think Everett is a freaking literary genius" 'Thumper, AALBC.com
Percival Everett is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and the author of more than twenty books, including Assumption, Erasure, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, The Water Cure, Wounded, and Glyph; three collections of short fiction; and one book of poetry. He is the recipient of the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the 2006 PEN USA Center Award for Fiction. .
He lives on his ranch in the mountains outside Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Danzy Senna, and their sons, Henry and Miles.
Everett by Virgil Russell: A Novel
Paperback: 256 pages
Paperback: 225 pages
I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A
Paperback: 272 pages
An irresistible comic novel from the master storyteller Percival Everett, and an
irreverent take on race, class, and identity in America
Everett Reads from "I Am Not Sidney Poitier"
Wounded: A Novel
Paperback: 256 pages
The winner of the 2006 PEN USA fiction
award, now available in paperback
Hardcover: 256 pages
Hardcover: 256 pages
I am guilty not because of my actions, to which I freely admit,
but for my accession, admission, confession that I
If I Do: Stories
Paperback: 208 pages
A cop, a cowboy, several fly fisherman, and even a reluctant romance
novelist inhabit these revealing and often hilarious stories. An old man
ends up in a high-speed chase with the cops after stealing the car that
blocks the garbage bin at his apartment building. A stranger gets a job
at a sandwich shop and fixes everything in sight: a manual mustard
dispenser, a mouthful of crooked teeth, thirty-two parking tickets, and
a sexual-identity problem.
In his stunning new novel God's Country, Percival Everett offers a wickedly funny rewrite of the Great American western. The unlikely narrator through this tale of misadventures is one Curt Marder: gambler, drinker, cheat, and would-be womanizer. He has lost his farm, his wife, and his dog to a band of marauding hooligans. With nothing to live on but a desire to recover what is rightfully his, Marder is forced to enlist the help of the best tracker in the West: a black man named Bubba. This odd couple is soon joined by Jake, a wayward child determined to join the hunt. As Jake and Marder follow Bubba across desolate, unsettled land, they meet Indians, settlers, and soldiers. Aiming to keep a low profile, they nevertheless find themselves in all kinds of trouble, including run-ins with a scurrilous preacher, a flamboyant prostitute, and General Custer in a nightgown. A natural coward, Marder only survives these incidents because of Bubba's reluctant heroism. However, even after their final, chilling exchange, Marder fails to realize that Bubba's secrets extend beyond his ability to track footprints on the prairie. God's Country is hilarious and haunting by turns, a slam-bang parable of the way things were in 1871.
Format: Hardcover, 265pp.
"This is not a good book by a Black writer, nor is it a Black book by a good writer; it is a remarkable work of fiction that transcends labels. With his strong intellect and satirical wit, Percival Everett has seemingly resolved his own place in the literary spectrum while providing readers with the best of both worlds. ERASURE is a compelling and insightful read, and a must study for serious writers." ' David McGoy
Percival Everett's most recent novel, the academic satire Glyph, was hailed by the New York Times as 'both a treatise and a romp.' His new novel combines a touching story of a man coming to terms with his family heritage and a satiric indictment of race and publishing in America.
Avant-garde novelist and college professor, woodworker, and fly fisherman'Thelonious (Monk) Ellison has never allowed race to define his identity. But as both a writer and an African-American, he is offended and angered by the success of We's Lives in Da Ghetto, the exploitative debut novel of a young, middle-class black woman who once visited 'some relatives in Harlem for a couple of days.' Hailed as an authentic representation of the African-American experience, the book is a national bestseller and its author feted on the Kenya Dunston television show. Her book's success rankles all the more as Monk's own most recent novel has just notched its seventh rejection.
Even as his career as a writer appears to have stalled, Monk finds himself coping with changes in his personal life. Forced to assume responsibility for a mother rapidly succumbing to Alzheimer's, Monk leaves his home in Los Angeles to return to the Washington, DC house in which he grew up. There he must come to terms with his ailing mother, his siblings, his own childhood and youth, and the legacy of his physician father, a suicide some seven years before. In need of distraction from old memories, new responsibilities, and his professional stagnation, Monk composes, in a heat of inspiration and energy, a fierce parody of the sort of exploitative, ghetto wanna-be lit represented by We's Lives in Da Ghetto.
But when his agent sends this literary indictment (included here in its entirety) out to publishers, it is greeted as an authentic new voice of black America. Monk'or his pseudonymous alter ego, Stagg R. Leigh'is offered money, fame, success beyond anything Monk has known. And as demand begins to build for meetings with and appearances by Leigh, Monk is faced with a whole new set of problems.
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Personally, I think Everett is a freaking literary genius. It's ironic that I would reach that conclusion after reading Everett's latest novel, Glyph, which tells the story of 18 month old genius, Ralph. Ralph doesn't consider himself a genius though because he can't drive, or control his bodily functions yet. Ralph can; however, read books in a matter of hours, write novels, develop mathematical equations and theories. In Glyph, we see the journey Ralph takes when he is finally taken to the doctors and is kidnapped by the federal government. Glyph is perceptive, highly intelligent (almost to the point of being scary), and always humorous. An excellent book.'Thumper, AALBC.com
Paperback: 162 pages
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