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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Suder (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walk Me to the Distance (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cutting Lisa (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zulus (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
For Her Dark Skin (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
God's Country (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Watershed (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frenzy (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glyph (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Erasure (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Desert (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A History of the African-American People (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wounded (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Water Cure (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Am Not Sidney Poitier (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Assumption (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body of Martin Aguilera (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Percival Everett by Virgil Russell (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Much Blue (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Telephone (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trees (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dr. No (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
James (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Picture (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Damned if I Do (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
re: f -gesture- (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swimming Swimmers Swimming (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half an Inch of Water (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trout's Lie (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Stories (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoke, Va, 1843 (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

The One that Got Away (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Parts of Brain (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Fiction International 34: Madness II(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiction's Present(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Percival Everett is a well known author from America, who likes to write literature & fiction novels and poetry. He has written a few successful standalone novels in his career. In addition to being a popular author he is also a Distinguished English Professor at the Southern California University. Author Everett was born in the year 1956 in Fort Gordon, Georgia, US. He earned his AM degree from the Brown University. Author Everett penned his first book in 1983 under the title of Suder. This book was based on the life of Craig Suder, a third baseman from the Seattle Mariners. This was followed by another novel titled Walk Me to the Distance in 1985. In this book, Everett has described the story of a war veteran named David Larson, who returns from the war in Vietnam and gets involved in searching rancher’s disabled son in Slut’s Whole. This book was later chosen for a movie adaptation by ABC-TV under the name of Follow Your Heart. Following the success of the book, author Everett wrote a short story collection in 1987. After this, he published a couple of books that re-fashioned Greek Myths. Later, Everett decided to go for a change in genre and penned a children’s book in 1992. Then, he returned to novels again and came up with his first full length novel called God’s Country. In this 1994 novel, the lead characters are shown searching the country of God for saving a friend’s kidnapped wife. However, the husband is not sure about finding his wife. The appears to be a parody of politics of gender and race. Everett’s novel Glyph, published in 1999, is the story of a small baby named Ralph. He does not wish to speak, but possesses an extraordinary control over his muscle. Ralph has an IQ of around 500. He uses his high IQ to write letters to his mother about literary topics. The story takes an interesting turn when Ralph gets kidnapped after the news of his extraordinary skills spreads far and wide.

The first novella written by author Everett is called Grand Canyon, Inc. He wrote this novel with the intention of taming mother nature because of Grand Canyon’s commercialization. Over the course of the next few years, author Everett worked out several novels based on social issues. He discussed various elements like religion, love, revelation, media sensationalism, family, and death, in his novels. In 2006, Everett shifted his focus towards writing a poetry collection. The front cover page of the collection features Everett’s painting. The latest book of poetry written by him is named Swimming Swimmers Swimming. It was published by the red Hen Press in 2010. For his tremendous contribution to the American literature, author Everett has been awarded with numerous prestigious awards. Some of them include the Academy Award, the Wright/Hurston Legacy Award, the PEN Award in 2006, and the Believer Book prize. Author Everett says that he has fly-fished the west for more than 30 years. As of today, he resides on a tiny ranch in Los Angeles along with his beloved wife. Along with writing books, he continues to teach courses in creative writing, critical theory, and American studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He likes to write about the things that interest him. This is one of the reason why has successfully tackled a wide range of subjects and prolific outputs through his writings. Everett considers himself a demanding teacher, who does not mind learning from his own students.

An initial book written by Percival Everett in his writing career is entitled ‘Assumption’. It was released by the Graywolf publication in the year 2011. The chief character mentioned in the plot of this book is Ogden Walker. At the start of the story, Ogden Walker is introduced as a deputy sheriff living in a small town in New Mexico. He is working on his latest case, investigating about the murder of an old woman. When he arrives at the crime scene, he learns that the footprints going in and out of the door are his and there is not other footprint. Ogden knows that something is missing from the crime scene. Even his mother agrees to his belief, who tries to lessen his burden by helping him in the investigation. Later, a number of cases pile up at Ogden Walker’s desk. This forces him to keep chasing trails of criminals and pursuing even the flimsiest leads. As Ogden Walker seeks solutions to the intriguing puzzles, he is taken from Denver’s seamier side to a hippie community on the other side. With this story, author Everett tries to upend the expectations of readers about plot, characters, meaning, and race. His description of the ride to the center of a baffling mystery makes this novel look like a literary thriller unlike any other.

Another mind blowing book penned by author Everett is called ‘American Desert’. The Hyperion publication released this book in 2004. The story of the book revolves around the life of the lead character named Theodore Street. At the beginning of the book’s story, it is depicted that Theodore Street is a professor in college, who wishes to commit suicide. However, he is not able to do so even after several tries and in the end the decision is taken away from his hands. Later, when Theodore Street entirely gives up the idea of killing himself, he gets hit by a fast traveling car, which results in the severing of his head from the body. During the funeral ceremony, Theodore suddenly awakes from death, with his head bound to the body with stitches, clearly visible. All the people present in the funeral become horrified to see the shocking resurrection of Theodore Street. Later, when he starts living a normal life again, his daughter seems him as a source of embarrassment and fear. The press community sees Theodore as an object of morbid curiosity and derision. Even the scientific communities show interest in doing research on him and finding out how become alive after dying a terrible death. The religious societies label him a form of devil, but he does not pay any heed to any of them. With the passage of time, Theodore Street succeeds in reestablishing his relationship with his estranged family members. He also rediscovers his life’s value. Author Everett has experimented with writing this satirical and bizarre novel to explain the real meaning of being alive and the perspective of the society, the press, academia, and religion about life and death.

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