The Trees (Paperback)
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The Trees (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 05/10/2023
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A Sunday Times Fiction Book of the Year
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
A Sunday Times Novel of the Year

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Percival Everett's The Trees is a powerful satire of revenge and racial justice in America.

'He makes a revenge fantasy into a comic horror masterpiece.’ – Los Angeles Times

When the rural town of Money, Mississippi is beset by a series of brutal murders, a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, only to be met with resistance from the local sheriff, his deputy, the coroner, and a mob of racist white townsfolk. This, they expect. Less predictable, however, is the second corpse which appears at each crime scene: that of a man resembling Emmett Till, the young Black boy lynched in the same town sixty-five years earlier.

As a spate of copycat killings spreads across the country, what begins as a murder investigation soon becomes a journey into the soul of America’s violent past.

‘Everett has mastered the movement between unspeakable terror and knock out comedy.’ - The New York Times

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781035036615
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 197 x 141 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The genius of this novel is that in an age of reactionary populism it goes on the offensive, using popular forms to address a deep political issue as page-turning comic horror. - The Guardian

It's about time this extraordinary American writer got some credit this side of the Pond. - The Sunday Times

He has made some audacious leaps over nearly 40 years of writing, but The Trees may be his most audacious. He makes a revenge fantasy into a comic horror masterpiece. He turns narrative stakes into moral stakes and raises them sky-high. Readers will laugh until it hurts. - Los Angeles Times

The Trees feels powerfully prescient. - The Financial Times

‘A powerful wake-up call, as well as an act of literary restitution.’ - Guardian

‘Satire in the great tradition of Swift by way of South Park.’ - The Daily Telegraph

‘The novelist has regularly exploded our models of genre and identity. In The Trees, he’s raising the stakes, confronting America’s legacy of lynching in a mystery at once hilarious and horrifying.’ - The New Yorker

‘Everett deploys goofy humour and caricature in a high stakes, high concept crime novel in which America’s history of racial violence is itself the perpetrator.’ - Daily Mail

Claudia and Georgia's Fiction Book Club

Claudia and Georgia's Fiction Book Club

Cardiff
Sunday 28th July 16:00

For the month of July, Fiction Book Club will be reading and discussing The Trees by Percival Everett.

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Jo at Greenwich

“Laugh Hard at the Absurdly Evil”

Percival Everett is one of the best authors you have yet to discover. The Tree's being nominated for the 2022 Booker prize will hopefully bring his work to a wider audience. He is one of a handful of authors that... More

Paperback edition
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Steve at Trafalgar Square

“Seriously Important Facts Disguised As Hilariously Trivial Fiction”

Wow. This is powerful stuff.

To get from the funny, if grisly, fast-paced police procedural Everett launches us into at the beginning to where he leaves us at the end of this book is quite a feat.

The short chapters... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 23

“Read it and rejoice.”

Refreshing, rewarding, raucous satire.

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