Percival Everett

Percival L. Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

There might not be a more fertile mind in American fiction today than Everett’s. In 22 years, he has written 19 books, including a farcical Western, a savage satire of the publishing industry, a children’s story spoofing counting books, retellings of the Greek myths of Medea and Dionysus, and a philosophical tract narrated by a four-year-old.

The Washington Post has called Everett “one of the most adventurously experimental of modern American novelists.” And according to The Boston Globe, “He’s literature’s NASCAR champion, going flat out, narrowly avoiding one seemingly inevitable crash only to steer straight for the next.”

Everett, who teaches courses in creative writing, American studies, and critical theory, says he writes about what interests him, which explains his prolific output and the range of subjects he has tackled. He also describes himself as a demanding teacher who learns from his students as much as they learn from him.

Books in order of publication:

Standalone Novels

Walk Me to the Distance(1985) 
Cutting Lisa(1986) 
For Her Dark Skin(1990) 
God’s Country(1994) 
Grand Canyon, Inc.(2001) 
American Desert(2004) 
A History of the African-American People(2004) 
The Water Cure(2007) 
I Am Not Sidney Poitier(2009) 
The Body of Martin Aguilera(2013) 
Percival Everett by Virgil Russell(2013) 
So Much Blue(2017) 
The Trees(2021) 

Short Story Collections

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

Picture Books

The One that Got Away(1992) 

Non-Fiction Books

The Jefferson Bible (2013)

Parts of the Brain (2015)

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