Everett, Percival

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(1956-    ) US academic and author whose novels variously and imaginatively press against realist readings, like the metafictional Telephone (2020), though most are nonfantastic. Of sf interest are Zulus (1990), a Near Future tale set after the end of a nuclear World War Three, where the only one fertile woman who has survived becomes pregnant; Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001), an Alternate History homage to Edward Abbey – though in a narrative voice that clearly channels Kurt Vonnegut – in which the notorious Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River is sabotaged; and American Desert (2004), a Satire in which a dead man, his head severed in a car crash, comes to life at the funeral, clearly resembling the Frankenstein Monster. Everett's twenty-one novels and numerous stories are told in various voices, with great energy and narrative drive. [JC]

Percival Leonard Everett

born Fort Gordon, Georgia: 22 December 1956


works (highly selected)

  • Zulus (Sag Harbor, New York: The Permanent Press, 1990) [hb/Robert Wade]
  • Frenzy (Saint Paul, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 1996) [pb/Adrian Morgan]
  • Glyph (Saint Paul, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 1999) [hb/nonpictorial]
  • Grand Canyon, Inc. (San Francisco, California: Versus Press, 2001) [pb/Versus Press]
  • American Desert (New York: Hyperion, 2004) [hb/Allison J Warner]
  • I Am Not Sidney Poitier (Saint Paul, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2009) [pb/Kapo Ng]
  • Telephone (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2020) [pb/Kapo Ng from Getty Images]



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