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Book Title

Dr. No

Subtitle
A Novel
Author 1
Percival Everett
Body
The protagonist of Percival Everett’s puckish new novel is a brilliant professor of mathematics who goes by Wala Kitu. (Wala, he explains, means “nothing” in Tagalog, and Kitu is Swahili for “nothing.”) He is an expert on nothing. That is to say, he is an expert, and his area of study is nothing, and he does nothing about it. This makes him the perfect partner for the aspiring villain John Sill, who wants to break into Fort Knox to steal, well, not gold bars but a shoebox containing nothing. Once he controls nothing he’ll proceed with a dastardly plan to turn a Massachusetts town into nothing. Or so he thinks.

With the help of the brainy and brainwashed astrophysicist-turned-henchwoman Eigen Vector, our professor tries to foil the villain while remaining in his employ. In the process, Wala Kitu learns that Sill’s desire to become a literal Bond villain originated in some real all-American villainy related to the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. As Sill says, “Professor, think of it this way. This country has never given anything to us and it never will. We have given everything to it. I think it’s time we gave nothing back.”

Dr. No is a caper with teeth, a wildly mischievous novel from one of our most inventive, provocative, and productive writers. That it is about nothing isn’t to say that it’s not about anything. In fact, it’s about villains. Bond villains. And that’s not nothing.

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List Price
$16.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-208-0
Format
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
232
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
A sly, madcap novel about supervillains and nothing, really, from an American novelist whose star keeps rising

About the Author

Percival  Everett
Credit: Michael Avedon
Percival Everett is the author of more than thirty books, most recently The Trees and Telephone, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
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Praise

  • “[Dr. No is] sharp-witted satire about racism, violence and academia – and it proves why Everett is one of the most unpredictable and original novelists working today.”—Michael Schaub, NPR
  • “Everett is a true American genius, a master artist. . . . As off-kilter as ever, Dr. No is Percival Everett at his most artfully absurd and ironic, and it might be just the thing to finally propel this star into the literary ether.”—Carole V. Bell, Oprah Daily
  • “If the unexpected always happens in Everett’s individual novels, the variety across the work also astonishes.”—Asali Solomon, The Washington Post
  • “The latest zany masterpiece from the novelist Percival Everett. . . . This is the fantasy of Black capitalism, and in Dr. No, Everett has given us an antagonist up to the task of representing its delusions—a villain who thinks he is a hero, a savior who shows up empty-handed.”—Jennifer Wilson, The Atlantic
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