Callaloo Workshop Faculty Member
Percival Everett 's God's Country
For the first time in paperback, Everett"s "comic and fierce"* novel of the Old West 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.
"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 García Márquez, 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
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.