Skip to main navigation Skip to main content
Book Title

Telephone

Subtitle
A Novel
Author 1
Percival Everett
Body
Zach Wells is a perpetually dissatisfied geologist-slash-paleobiologist. Expert in a very narrow area—the geological history of a cave forty-four meters above the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon—he is a laconic man who plays chess with his daughter, trades puns with his wife while she does yoga, and dodges committee work at the college where he teaches.

After a field trip to the desert yields nothing more than a colleague with a tenure problem and a student with an unwelcome crush on him, Wells returns home to find his world crumbling. His daughter has lost her edge at chess, has developed mysterious eye problems, and her memory has lost its grasp. Powerless in the face of his daughter’s slow deterioration, he finds a mysterious note asking for help tucked into the pocket of a jacket he’s ordered off eBay. Desperate for someone to save, he sets off to New Mexico in secret on a quixotic rescue mission.

A deeply affecting story about the lengths to which loss and grief will drive us, Telephone is a Percival Everett novel we should have seen coming all along, one that will shake you to the core as it asks questions about the power of narrative to save.

Share Title

List Price
$16.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-022-2
Format
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
232
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
An astonishing new novel of loss and grief from “one of our culture’s preeminent novelists” (Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Percival  Everett
Percival Everett is the author of more than thirty books, most recently The Trees and Telephone, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
More by author

Praise

  • “Sometimes, almost indifferently, one of [Percival Everett’s] novels turns out to be truly exceptional and memorable, and confuses me in the best possible way. . . . Everett’s most recent novel, ‘Telephone,’ is one of these standouts. . . . Everett pulls off a gently tremendous technical feat.”—Rivka Galchen, The New York Times Book Review
  • “Like watching a skilled juggler execute a six-ball fountain, the experience of reading ‘Telephone’ is astonishing.”Los Angeles Times
  • “God bless Percival Everett, whose dozens of idiosyncratic books demonstrate a majestic indifference to literary trends, the market or his critics.”The Wall Street Journal
     
  • “A spellbinding, heartbreaking tale.”Publishers Weekly
Back to Table of Contents