Search Results: "Percival Everett"


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GOD'S COUNTRY by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"The abruptly downbeat, surrealistic ending doesn't work, but Everett's aim is generally true, and as a spoof, this tale hits the mark."
A politically incorrect rancher hires a black man named Bubba to track down the desperadoes who burned out his homestead and carried off his wife in this hilarious, biting sendup of the formula western. Read full book review >

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GLYPH by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A smart, rollicking sendup, but to grasp it all requires patience and an insider's knowledge of the deconstructionist game—making it a story not for everyone."
Grabbing academia where it hurts the most, by its swollen, unintelligible poststructuralist theories, the prolific Everett (Frenzy, 1997, etc.) uses a most unlikely foil: a genius baby who reads and writes but refuses to speak, striking fear into his parents and all those who kidnap him for their own nefarious ends. Read full book review >

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THE WATER CURE by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Whether read as thriller or allegory, Ishmael's fall from grace has a lacerating power."
A psychologically harrowing and literarily provocative portrait of a mind unraveling from tragedy. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"An ambitious novel in which the formalistic chances taken by the author are often stimulating and occasionally exasperating."
Over the course of a prolific career, Everett (Assumption, 2011, etc.) has conditioned readers to expect the unexpected, but this novel is not only his most challenging to date, it sheds fresh light on his previous work. Read full book review >

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SO MUCH BLUE by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"The author's deft plotting and wry wit sustain multiple levels of intrigue, not only about how each of the subplots resolves itself, but how they all fit together."
An artist ponders a painting he wants to keep private along with the back stories that inspired it, the secrets that continue to haunt him. Read full book review >

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I AM NOT SIDNEY POITIER by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"The author had some fun; the reader will too."
Everett (The Water Cure, 2007, etc.) returns with what might be considered a wacky slapstick. Read full book review >

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ERASURE by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2001

"More genuine and tender than much of Everett's previous work, but no less impressive intellectually: a high point in an already substantial literary career."
Desperation outstrips the satire in Everett's latest exercise in narrative wizardry (Glyph, 1999, etc.), as a lonely African-American writer faces private torment and instant fame when his parody of ghetto literature is taken as the real deal. Read full book review >

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HALF AN INCH OF WATER by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A frequently engaging but ultimately inconsistent collection that seems like a stopgap between novels."
A collection of nine stories, with occasionally reappearing characters, set in the American West. Read full book review >

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BIG PICTURE by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Vignettes nicely crafted, and eminently readable, but none worthy of superlatives."
Painters' lives of quiet desperation, rickety Rocky Mountain relationships, and the unending difficulties faced by black men in white America make up the bulk of these nine stories (three previously published), as Everett (see below; God's Country, 1994, etc.) returns to familiar themes with his usual subtlety and eccentric comic flourishes. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN DESERT by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Vital signs for this page-turner are all just fine. Especially the heart."
High-gloss satire and fast-paced adventure, as a guy sits up in his coffin and becomes by turns a media sensation, a devil, and a guinea pig for the military. Read full book review >

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WOUNDED by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"As an astute judge of character, Everett recognizes that wounds are an essential part of the human condition. The possibility of healing gives his novel its redemptive power."
Frontier justice takes a contemporary turn in this Western novel of literary ambition and psychological depth. Read full book review >

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WATERSHED by Percival Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Some nice touches of humor and essential humanity, but the ground covered here has few breathtaking vistas—and the main character's low-key transformation fails to stir otherwise oddly tranquil waters."
America's oppressed minorities join forces in this watered- down rehash of Black Panther/American Indian Movement activities- -updated to include an image of the sensitive male—from University of California writing prof Everett (see above). Read full book review >