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Everett, Percival

Works: 62 works in 294 publications in 7 languages and 12,343 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  Satire  Baseball stories  Short stories  Interviews  Political fiction  Western stories 
Roles: Author, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3555.V34, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Publications about Percival Everett
Publications by Percival Everett
Most widely held works by Percival Everett
Erasure : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
38 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,216 libraries worldwide
"Novelist, college profesor, woodworker, and fly fisherman, Thelonious (Monk) Ellison has never allowed race to define his identity. But he is offended and angered by the success of We's Lives in Da Ghetto, the exploitive debut novel of a young, middle-class black woman who once visited "some relatives in Harlem for a couple of days." The book's success rankles all the more as Monk's own most recent novel has just notched its seventh rejection."--Jacket
Wounded : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
21 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 922 libraries worldwide
Explores issues of masculinity and homosexuality against a Western American backdrop, charting the effects of a fatal gay bashing incident on the lives of a father and son living in Wyoming
American desert : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
19 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 802 libraries worldwide
A man is beheaded in an auto accident and after his head is sloppily sewed back onto his body by the undertaker he comes back alive and sits up in his coffin at his funeral
I am not Sidney Poitier : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
12 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 683 libraries worldwide
The novel follows the life of a young man named Not Sidney Poitier, after he was orphaned at age eleven and inherited a staggering number of shares in the Turner Broadcasting Corporation
The one that got away by Percival Everett( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 664 libraries worldwide
Three cowhands chase and corral ones in this zany book about the Wild West
Assumption : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
12 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 590 libraries worldwide
"In the sleepy New Mexico backwater of Plata, Deputy Sheriff Ogden Walker spends his time humoring his portly boss, chasing vandals, and fly-fishing. But when a woman is murdered under strange circumstances, his life takes a turn for the worse. Over three disturbing cases, Walker scours the seedy underbelly of Denver, a ragtag hippie commune, and a fish hatchery. He is on the search for solutions to the questions he is foolish enough to ask. The answers, when they do come, are not the ones anyone expected"--Page 4 of cover
God's country : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
14 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 545 libraries worldwide
Curt Mader, a rancher whose homestead has been burned and his wife carried off by a bunch of cowboys, hires Bubba, a black tracker, to help him find her. The white is a coward, the black a reluctant hero. A parody of how the west was won by the author of Zulus
Damned if I do : stories by Percival Everett( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 498 libraries worldwide
A cop, a cowboy, several fly fishermen, and even a reluctant romance novelist inhabit these revealing and often hilarious stories. An old man ends up in 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
Glyph : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
13 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 497 libraries worldwide
A spoof on the world of knowledge featuring a baby who can read and write. The alarmed parents send him to a psychiatrist, while there he is kidnaped, he is saved by military intelligence, then the Catholic Church gets in on the act
Percival Everett by Virgil Russell : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 491 libraries worldwide
"A story inside a story inside a story. A man visits his aging father in a nursing home, where his father writes the novel he imagines his son would write. Or is it the novel that the son imagines his father would imagine, if he were to imagine the kind of novel the son would write? Let's simplify: a woman seeks an apprenticeship with a painter, claiming to be his long-lost daughter. A contractor-for-hire named Murphy can't distinguish between the two brothers who employ him. And in Murphy's troubled dreams, Nat Turner imagines the life of William Styron. These narratives twist together with anecdotes from the nursing home, each building on the other until they crest in a wild, outlandish excursion of the inmates led by the father. Anchoring these shifting plotlines is a running commentary between father and son that sheds doubt on the truthfulness of each story. Because, after all, what narrator can we ever trust? Not only is Percival Everett by Virgil Russell a powerful, compassionate meditation on old age and its humiliations, it is an ingenious culmination of Everett's recurring preoccupations. All of his prior work, his metaphysical and philosophical inquiries, his investigations into the nature of narrative, have led to this masterful book. Percival Everett has never been more cunning, more brilliant and subversive, than he is in this, his most important and elusive novel to date."
A history of the African-American people (proposed) by Strom Thurmond : a novel by Percival Everett( Book )
8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 441 libraries worldwide
Presents a fictitious chronicle of a former senator Strom Thurmond's efforts to write a history of African Americans, revealing the antics of Congressional office workers, publishing house interns, editors, and rival editors
The water cure by Percival Everett( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 435 libraries worldwide
Ishmael Kidder takes revenge by any means necessary when his eleven-year-old daughter is brutally murdered, in a novel that follows the gruesome reasoning and execution of revenge in a society that has lost a common moral ground
Suder by Percival Everett( Book )
9 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 404 libraries worldwide
Facing problems at home and on the field, Craig Suder, third baseman for the Seattle Mariners, embarks on a madcap quest accompanied by a sassy nine-year-old runaway and an elephant named Renoir
Walk me to the distance by Percival Everett( Book )
11 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in English and held by 389 libraries worldwide
"At the heart of Walk Me to the Distance are tensions that seem to mirror those shaping the competing cultural mythologies of the South and the West: nurturing community vs. radical individualism; place vs. space; the burdensome past vs. the unimagined future--or put more simply, roots vs. routes. But in the story of David Larson, a Vietnam veteran on a road trip into the West, Everett complicates these tensions, in a sense remixing and merging the cultural mythologies, showing us a West that in the end comes to look a good bit like the South, at least in terms of the issues, concerns, and loyalties that shape the lives of the people who live there. When we first meet David, he is headed out from Savannah, Georgia, forsaking home and family (what little there's left) for unknown territory and an unmapped future. After some wayward traveling and mishaps, he ends up on a Wyoming sheep ranch, with an elderly woman, Sixbury, and her mentally challenged son. Rather than moving on, David unexpectedly decides to settle in, committing himself to Sixbury and the ranch, as well as to the community at large. "He'd found a home," David comments. "He liked the people and he loved the terrain." But as David soon learns, the bitterly harsh and largely empty Western landscape, for all its stark beauty, pushes people toward the instinctual and tribal. He learns, too, that commitments to others bring responsibilities that often demand acts simultaneously heroic and terrible"--
Watershed by Percival Everett( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 363 libraries worldwide
While holidaying in Colorado, a black engineer is drawn into a conflict between FBI agents and Indian environmentalists over toxic dumping. For Robert Hawks history is repeating itself, as a child he watched his parents defend black civil rights, now he is defending Indian rights
Half an inch of water : stories by Percival Everett( Book )
5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 345 libraries worldwide
A new collection of stories set in the West from "one of the most gifted and versatile of contemporary writers" (NPR) Percival Everett's long-awaited new collection of stories, his first since 2004's Damned If I Do, finds him traversing the West with characteristic restlessness. A deaf Native American girl wanders off into the desert and is found untouched in a den of rattlesnakes. A young boy copes with the death of his sister by angling for an unnaturally large trout in the creek where she drowned. An old woman rides her horse into a mountain snowstorm and sees a long-dead beloved dog. For the plainspoken men and women of these stories--fathers and daughters, sheriffs and veterinarians--small events trigger sudden shifts in which the ordinary becomes unfamiliar. A harmless comment about how to ride a horse changes the course of a relationship, a snakebite gives rise to hallucinations, and the hunt for a missing man reveals his uncanny resemblance to an actor. Half an Inch of Water tears through the fabric of the everyday to examine what lies beneath the surface of these lives. In the hands of master storyteller Everett, the act of questioning leads to vistas more strange and unsettling than could ever have been expected
Cutting Lisa by Percival Everett( Book )
9 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 323 libraries worldwide
A retired obstetrician is first appalled by a story of a man who performed an unnecessary cesarean section on his wife, but as he faces the death of a friend, his daughter's pregnancy caused by a man who is not her husband, and his own affair, he "begins to reconsider what he values and what he will protect."--Cover
Big picture : stories by Percival Everett( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 201 libraries worldwide
A collection of nine stories. In Wolf at the Door, a hunter makes his son shoot a wolf the boy has become fond of, thereby earning the boy's hate, while Dicotyles Tajacu is on a painter's artistic reaction to his wife's infidelity
Zulus by Percival Everett( Book )
6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 192 libraries worldwide
"In Percival Everett's sixth book of dark, comic moralizing on the fate of the planet, its people, and the absurd Meaning of It All, readers are taken into the pitiable life of Alice Achitophel, a grotesquely obese government clerk, social outcast, and, apparently, the world's only fertile woman in the aftermath of worldwide nuclear holocaust. The ultimate question is humanity's survival". -- San Francisco Chronicle New American Writing Award
Frenzy by Percival Everett( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 180 libraries worldwide
Among the gods, Dionysos is the wildest and darkest, the most given to excess, eroticism, and frenzy. In this wickedly funny novel, Percival Everett revisits the age-old myth, and takes a closer look at this eccentric half-man, half-god. Frenzy tells the story of Dionysos through his "mortal bookmark," an assistant called Vlepo. It is Vlepo's job to witness and experience on behalf of his curious master. Together they collapse the boundaries of space and time, piecing together a fantastic narrative out of familiar legend. Yet Dionysos in his "god-haze" can never be satisfied. Ironically, this most erotic of gods is prevented by his very divinity from experiencing full sensation - while the faithful Vlepo is sent on ever more bizarre quests for satiation. By exploring the nature of immortality and divinity, Frenzy exposes some of the overlooked truths of our own, all too temporal life
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Alternative Names
Everett, Percival.
Everett, Percival 1956-
Everett, Percival L.
Everett, Percival L. 1956-
Percival Everett American writer
Percival Everett Amerikaans schrijver
Percival Everett écrivain américain
Percival Everett scrittore statunitense
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