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God's Country

Percival Everett, Madison Smartt Bell (Introduction by)

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Description

The unlikely narrator through this tale of misadventures is one Curt Marder: gambler, drinker, cheat, and would-be womanizer. It's 1871, and he's lost his farm, his wife, and his dog to a band of marauding hooligans. With nothing to live on but a desire to recover what is rightfully his, Marder is forced to enlist the help of the best tracker in the West: a black man named Bubba.


Praise For God's Country

'I loved this book. God's Country is like no western I've ever read before: a wonderfully strange and darkly hilarious brew of Kafka and GarcÌa Marquez, of Twilight Zone and F-Troop, with cameo appearances by Walt Whitman and George Custer thrown in for good measure. Percival Everett has written a terrific book, a Wild West road trip that challenges our assumptions about what human dignity really means.'--Bret Lott, author of Jewel: A Novel

'An outrageously funny, alarmingly serious, highly enjoyable novel.'--Amanda Heller, The Boston Globe

'This wild novel of the West is comic and fierce, turn by turn; it follows white and black and red men down their several paths through God's Country, and the reader tracks them with a sense of shocked delight.'--Nicholas Delbanco, author of What Remains

'Mr. Everett is successful combining heart with rage. . . . The novel sears.'--David Bowman, The New York Times Book Review

Beacon Press, 9780807083635, 232pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2003



About the Author

Percival Everett is the author of eleven novels including the recent Erasure, which won the inaugural Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction. He lives with his wife on a small ranch and teaches at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.