Item #293561 The Trees: A Novel. Percival Everett.

The Trees: A Novel

Staff pick

Graywolf Press, September 2021. Trade Paperback. New. Item #293561
ISBN: 164445064X

Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize

Winner of the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Longlisted for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

An uncanny literary thriller addressing the painful legacy of lynching in the US, by the author of Telephone

Percival Everett's The Trees is a page-turner that opens with a series of brutal murders in the rural town of Money, Mississippi. When a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, they meet expected resistance from the local sheriff, his deputy, the coroner, and a string of racist White townsfolk. The murders present a puzzle, for at each crime scene there is a second dead body: that of a man who resembles Emmett Till.

The detectives suspect that these are killings of retribution, but soon discover that eerily similar murders are taking place all over the country. Something truly strange is afoot. As the bodies pile up, the MBI detectives seek answers from a local root doctor who has been documenting every lynching in the country for years, uncovering a history that refuses to be buried. In this bold, provocative book, Everett takes direct aim at racism and police violence, and does so in a fast-paced style that ensures the reader can't look away. The Trees is an enormously powerful novel of lasting importance from an author with his finger on America's pulse.


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