The Trees The Trees

The Trees

A Novel

    • 4.2 • 156 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize
Winner of the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
Finalist for the 2023 Dublin Literary 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
September 21
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Graywolf Press
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
7.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Auggie's Man ,

Amazing

Heart-breaking and funny at the same time. You laugh, then you’re ashamed for having laughed because of all the darkness that’s portrayed. I looked up several of the names, and the ones I looked up were real. A sad testament to our racist history and current situation, yet a funny read. Didn’t think those two warring concepts would be in one sentence, but there you are.

TheWood23 ,

A little sloppy

The dialogue was so distracting from how profound the stories’ potential could have been with the realities of its subjects.
Too humorous without being witty enough to convey the disparity in a way that made me care about the motivations, esp since it’s the truth; instead finding myself annoyed in the dialogue.
The last 40 pages felt sloppy with not enough passion.

R.XIX ,

Unimpressive.

Well it’s not much of an invitation to read more of Everett’s works. I’ve never read a book with more grammatical errors in it. The author likes to laugh at the poor and the overweight. Beyond that it’s okay revenge porn, with some funny bits in it, if too reliant on lazy stereotypes and very tired tropes. I guess there’s an audience for it somewhere.

More Books Like This

Shadows Shadows
2005
Welcome to the Monkey House Welcome to the Monkey House
1969
The Beast The Beast
2013
Torture Town Torture Town
2014
Harbor Lights Harbor Lights
2024
The Forgotten The Forgotten
2009

More Books by Percival Everett

James James
2024
Erasure Erasure
2011
I Am Not Sidney Poitier I Am Not Sidney Poitier
2011
Assumption Assumption
2011
Telephone Telephone
2020
Dr. No Dr. No
2022

Customers Also Bought

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
2022
This Other Eden: A Novel This Other Eden: A Novel
2023
Crook Manifesto Crook Manifesto
2023
Old God's Time Old God's Time
2023
Prophet Song Prophet Song
2023
The Promise The Promise
2021