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Percival Everett

(Percival L Everett)
USA flag (b.1956)

Percival Everett is the author of eleven novels including the recent Erasure, which won the inaugural Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction. He lives with his wife on a small ranch and teaches at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Awards: Wodehouse (2022)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
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   Walk Me to the Distance (1985)
   For Her Dark Skin (1990)
   Zulus (1990)
   God's Country (1994)
   Watershed (1996)
   Frenzy (1996)
   Suder (1999)
   Glyph (1999)
   Cutting Lisa (2000)
   Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001)
   Erasure (2001)
   A History of the African-American People (2004) (with James Kincaid)
   American Desert (2004)
   Wounded (2005)
   Water Cure (2007)
   I Am Not Sidney Poitier (2009)
   Assumption (2011)
   Percival Everett by Virgil Russell (2013)
   The Body of Martin Aguilera (2013)
   So Much Blue (2017)
   Telephone (2020)
   The Trees (2021)
   Dr. No (2022)
   James (2024)
   The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair (1987)
   Big Picture (1996)
   Damned If I Do (2004)
   Swimming Swimmers Swimming (poems) (2011)
   Half an Inch of Water (2015)
   Trout's Lie (poems) (2015)
   RE: F (Gesture) (poems) (2017)
   The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson Of Roanoke VA, 1843 (poems) (2019)
   Sonnets for a Missing Key (poems) (2024)
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Books containing stories by Percival Everett
Gumbo (2002)
A Celebration of African American Writing
edited by
Marita Golden and E Lynn Harris
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
E L Doctorow and Katrina Kenison

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2022 Wodehouse Prize : The Trees

Award nominations
2024 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction (finalist) : James
2023 Dublin Literary Award (nominee) : The Trees
2022 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (nominee) : Dr. No
2022 Booker Prize (shortlist) : The Trees
2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (nominee) : Telephone
2014 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : Percival Everett by Virgil Russell
2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (nominee) : Percival Everett by Virgil Russell

Percival Everett recommends
Beautiful Days (2024)
Zach Williams
"Beautiful Days is a remarkable collection. These stories are full of irony and absurdity, but are never sleight, glib or waggish. Zach Williams paints us into every story with quick, deft strokes and then unfolds, with a scarily confident hand, the rest of the canvas, full of surprises and truths and stuff we never imagined."
The New Naturals (2023)
Gabriel Bump
"A Blithedale Romance for the 21st century, only less naive and more complex. Race, class and gender collide in all the ways they do in the so-called real world. Bump's prose is fresh and frequently surprising. This is funny, sad, sad-funny and funny-sad and just plain smart."
Brooklyn Crime Novel (2023)
Jonathan Lethem
"The levels of mystery here astound. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts and then the parts decide to act alone and challenge the whole. Lethem is not only interrogating the form of the crime novel, but the venture of storytelling itself. All of this while remaining a joy to read, full of strange characters and expertly rendered place. This brilliant, genre-defying work will leave certainly a mark."

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