Percival Everett Pervical Everett The Trees


Sunday Times Fiction Book of The Year 2022.

Code 9781914391170

Sunday Times Fiction Book of The Year 2022

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Shortlisted for the BOOKER PRIZE 2022.

Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2022.

Sunday Times Fiction Book of The Year 2022.

The brand new novel from American master Percival Everett.

The Trees is a page-turner that opens with a series of brutal murders in the rural town of Money, Mississippi. When a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, they meet expected resistance from the local sheriff, his deputy, the coroner, and a string of racist White townsfolk.

The murders present a puzzle, for at each crime scene there is a second dead body: that of a man who resembles Emmett Till, a young black boy lynched in the same town 65 years before.

The detectives suspect that these are killings of retribution, but soon discover that eerily similar murders are taking place all over the country. Something truly strange is afoot. As the bodies pile up, the MBI detectives seek answers from a local root doctor who has been documenting every lynching in the country for years, uncovering a history that refuses to be buried.

In this bold, provocative book, Everett takes direct aim at racism and police violence, and does so in a fast-paced style that ensures the reader can't look away. The Trees is an enormously powerful novel of lasting importance.

About the Author

Percival Everett is the author of nearly thirty books, including So Much Blue, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Erasure, and Glyph.

He has received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

He lives in Los Angeles.

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‘Everett has mastered the movement between unspeakable terror and knock out comedy.’
New York Times.

‘A powerful wake-up call, as well as an act of literary restitution.’
– Guardian.

‘Trust Everett to tickle your funny bone and punch you in the solar plexus at the same time.’
The Times.

‘Satire in the great tradition of Swift by way of South Park.’
The Daily Telegraph.

'Everett’s book, with its masterly fusion of detective fiction and supernatural avenger fantasy, transcends the familiar themes of white cruelty and Black victimhood to explore Black agency through the tropes of both genres.'
– LA Review of Books.

‘Part literary retribution, part call-to-arms—an acerbically funny thought experiment and unapologetic revenge fantasy.’
Stinging Fly.

‘At points witty, surreal, and farcical, The Trees is a timely commentary by an American master on the ways that white supremacy continues to haunt us whether we realize it or not.’
– Oprah Daily


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