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Percival Everett by Virgil Russell

A Novel
Percival Everett

A story unfolds inside a story as a man visits his aging father in a nursing home. Each man tells overlapping tales: A painter meets a long-lost daughter. A man named Murphy can’t distinguish between the brothers who employ him. And in Murphy’s troubled dreams, Nat Turner imagines the life of William Styron. Anecdotes from the nursing home intertwine and crest in a wild excursion of the inmates. All the while a running commentary from father and son anchors the shifting plotlines and sheds doubt on their truthfulness. A powerful meditation on the humiliations of old age, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell is an ingenious culmination of Everett’s recurring preoccupations. All of his metaphysical and philosophical inquiries, his investigations into the nature of narrative, have led to this, his most important and elusive novel to date.


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ISBN
978-1-55597-634-7
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
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Pages
240
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25

“Anything we take for granted, Mr. Everett means to show us, may turn out to be a lie.”—The Wall Street Journal


About the Author

Percival  Everett
Percival Everett is the author of nearly thirty books, including So Much Blue, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Erasure, and I Am Not Sidney Poitier. He has received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Praise

  • “I heartily commend this book to you. It’s like a carnival ride, but not the kind where you vomit. . . . Percival Everett numbers among his very best.”—Lydia Millet, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Everett is one of the most gifted and versatile of contemporary writers. . . . His work takes hold of us and won’t let go.”—Alan Cheuse, NPR.org
  • “A potent and thoughtful exploration of the bonds between fathers and children.”Washington Post
  • “[A] stark, shattering novel. . . . Everett [is] a scandalously under-recognized contemporary master. . . . This meta-fiction is deeply moving.”Wall Street Journal
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