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The Trees
The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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An uncanny literary thriller addressing the painful legacy of lynching in the US, by the author of Telephone Percival Everetts 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 cant look away. The Trees is an enormously powerful novel of lasting importance from an author with his finger on Americas pulse.
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AnneCecilie
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Using the blurb on the back since I can‘t describe this book any better.

I loved, loved, loved this. And I will definitely read more of his books

This is the second book from the Booker shortlist that I‘ve read and I will be very happy if this win.

1st book for #20in4 @Andrew65

BarbaraBB I am rooting for it too! 2d
lele1432 I‘ve gotta read this soon! I‘ve loved his satire I‘ve read in the past. Just got the tagged in a recent swap that I‘m excited about as well! (edited) 2d
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Sounds a good recommendation. 2d
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triplem80
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I'm a little late on this, but just had to say -- this book was fantastic!! A five-star read for sure (and I almost never give five stars). Funny and frustrating, it reminded me a little of reading Paul Beatty's satire. I'm not sure how I've managed to not read Percival Everett before, but I definitely need to remedy that! #bookershortlist

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AnneCecilie
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“Even if I believed there was a god I wouldn‘t believe that. Less than 1 percent of lynchers were ever convicted of a crime. Only a fraction of those ever served a sentence. Teddy Roosevelt claimed the main cause of lynching was Black men raping White women. You know what? That didn‘t happen.”
“Why do you think White people are so afraid of that?”
“Who knows. Sexual inadequacy, maybe. An amplification of their own desire to rape, which they did.”

AnneCecilie Mama Z puffed out smoke. “But I think rape was just an excuse.” “You think Whites are just afraid of Black men?” “I think it‘s sport.” 3d
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AnneCecilie
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I called Joyce and told her we‘re stuck in Money. She said she wished that was true.

(I couldn‘t help think about Uncle Scrooge when I read that)

batsy Same 😆 3d
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AnneCecilie
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“Goddamnit, I hate murder more than just about anything,” said Sheriff Red Jetty. “It can just ruin a day.”
“Because it‘s such a waste of life?” the coroner, Reverend Cad Fondle, asked. […]
“No, it‘s because it‘s a mess.”
“It is a lot of blood,” Fondle said.
“I don‘t give a shit about the blood. It‘s the goddamn paperwork.”

Cathythoughts Great quite and pic 👍🏻 5d
rockpools 😂😂 5d
AnneCecilie @Cathythoughts Thanks 😊 It‘s good to know that the Sheriff has his priorities right 4d
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Minervasbutler
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Hilarious, angry and thought-provoking, this opens with a string of murders in Money, Mississippi, a disappearing corpse and links to the lynching of Emmett Till 60 years previously. Ending was a bit abrupt but a fantastic read.

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mjtwo
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#Bookerlonglist 5
Racist rednecks keep turning up murdered and mutilated. At each crime scene a small black body beaten has beyond recognition appears. And disappears.
Everett addresses the history of lynching and pervasive racism. Yet there is humour in the various law enforcement characters and macabre crime scenes.
The ending didn‘t live up to the incredible first half, but still an amazing book and my pick for the prize (so far).

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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Nathan_Opland-Dobs
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🏴‍☠️

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IndoorDame
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I didn‘t go into this expecting anything in particular, but wow, was this not what I was expecting! It was fabulous, but difficult. I‘m glad this one made the Booker Prize Shortlist. I think it was a new type of page turner for me. I couldn‘t walk away from it, but at the same time I had to look away every few pages and do something else for a couple minutes to get some headspace.

IndoorDame Also I‘m from somewhere that‘s basically the opposite of small town Mississippi, so the idea of a place where the Klan is active today, really shook me. 3w
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alisiakae
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I‘m excited to see The Trees on the Booker shortlist! That is one of my top reads so far this year.

And I have a few more books to try to squeeze into this year‘s TBR!

https://thebookerprizes.com/media-centre/press-releases/the-booker-prize-2022-sh...

charl08 Me too. What a book! 3w
alisiakae @charl08 and this is also a good reminder that I had meant to read more by him and haven‘t yet! 3w
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rmaclean4
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5 🌟
The Trees: Percival Everett 📖
4.5 🌟
The Colony: Audrey Magee 🎧
Anything is Possible: Elizabeth Strout 📖
3 🌟
Glory: NoViolet Bulawayo 🎧
Maps of our Spectacular Bodies: Maddie Mortimer 🎧
2.5 star🌟
Oh, William: Elizabeth Strout 📖
Booth: Karen Joy Fowler 🎧
The Accidental: Ali Smith 📖
2 🌟
Traveling with Pomegranates: Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor 📖

Excited to hear the short list for #booker2022 later today!

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charl08
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Just squeaked in with The Trees.
My favourites (of the ones I've read).

#BookerLonglist2022
#Booker
#Bookerchat

BarbaraBB I haven‘t read Seven Moons yet. Am looking forward to it! 1mo
sarahbarnes Good list! 1mo
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charl08
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"Goddamnit, I hate murder more than just about anything," said Sheriff Red Jetty. "It can just ruin a day."
"Because it's such a waste of life?" the coroner, Reverend Cad Fondle, asked. He had just pronounced Junior Junior and the unidentified Black man dead without so much as touching them.
"No, it's because it's a mess."
"It is a lot of blood," Fondle said.
"I don't give a shit about the blood. It's the goddamn paperwork."

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batsy
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Percival Everett's oeuvre is vast & I've only read 2 books, but I hope that's enough to call him one of America's greatest living authors. This raucous & brutal book had me in its thrall, its deadpan dialogue simmering with anger. "63 years of being an American is a pretty slow burn," Everett says in an interview on the Booker website. This book is absolutely a product of that slow burn. "American outrage is always for show. It has a shelf life."

batsy What more can I say? You have to read it. "History is a motherfucker", says one of the characters in the book, & it is gruesome. You can't look away. The hauntings will never end. 1mo
TrishB Great review. I thought this book was brilliant. How could such a subject make you laugh? Genius author. 1mo
Kammbia1 I just read Erasure and posted it. That is my favorite read of the year so far. I‘m looking forward to reading more of Everett‘s work. I will have to check out The Trees. 1mo
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batsy @TrishB Thank you! Yes, genius! The humour packed such a punch. The style was also so different from the other book of his that I loved, So Much Blue. I'm in awe. 1mo
batsy @Kammbia1 I hope you like The Trees, though like is not quite the word for a book like this. I have Erasure and I Am Not Sidney Poitier high on the list! 1mo
Megabooks Great review!!! 1mo
batsy @Megabooks Thank you! 1mo
Suet624 This book was stunning. I couldn‘t believe I was laughing so much. His discourse on America was spot on and so devastating. 1mo
batsy @Suet624 I love how he synthesised all of that information and rage and injustice into this pitch-perfect snappy and funny af dialogue. His "63 years of being an American" comment really stuck with me; this feels like a book that's had to percolate for some time. 1mo
Suet624 I agree! 1mo
Centique I am waiting in the library queue for this. Cant wait! 1mo
batsy @Centique I look forward to seeing what you think! 1mo
JamieArc I finally started this one yesterday and I can‘t put it down! 1mo
batsy @JamieArc Ooh, nice! 🙌🏾 1mo
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rmaclean4
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Wow! I am so glad this book is on the #booker2022 long list! A revenge novel about the history of lynching in the US...that is also funny. I laughed out loud several times. Great powerful read. 4.5 🌟 Highly recommend! This is on my personal short list. @MicheleinPhilly @batsy @charl08 @vivastory @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @JamieArc @jlhammar @Ruthiella @Brimful @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Hazel2019

Ruthiella This book is a marvel of balance. 2mo
BarbaraBB A favorite of mine too. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m thinking this one might take the prize 2mo
BookwormM I really enjoyed this one and yes it is hilarious 2mo
Suet624 A huge favorite for me. 1mo
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Lindy
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The characters in this crime novel, and the reader too, are asking “What in the hell is going on?” Gory crime scenes with White and Black corpses… but the Black ones keep disappearing. The two Black special detectives sent from the state capital have their work cut out for them untangling the mysteries in a redneck racist backwoods part of Mississippi. These two men are deadpan hilarious. The central issue of the novel is dead serious. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘m so intrigued by this one. Hope I can read it soon! #somanybooks! 2mo
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Lindy
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Your pappy didn‘t have sense enough to pour piss out of a boot with directions wrote on the heel.

CBee This book was amazing. I‘m from Mississippi and sadly, much of the book was familiar. Not super proud of my home state 🙁 2mo
Lindy @CBee Well, you probably remember that the scenes that take place in other parts of the US show that racism is everywhere. Mississippi isn‘t alone. 2mo
CBee @Lindy oh yes, most definitely 🙁 What got me the most about this book was how he managed to make parts of it funny - I felt sort of bad for laughing but I think that was the point? I‘d love to read more of his work. 2mo
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CBee @Lindy on the map you posted, find Warren County. That‘s my hometown (Vicksburg). 2mo
Lindy @CBee I laughed too. It reminded me of the way humour is used in some Indigenous literature. Laughter helps relieve some of the sorrow. 2mo
CBee @Lindy very good point and I agree. 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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HOLY. SHIT.

This book is exceptional. I feel like the last person on the planet to have read it so thank you to the #bookerprizelonglist for making me prioritize it.

If you had told me that I would laugh uproariously at a book about lynching and the scourge of racism in this country, I would have laughed in your face.

Just fucking brilliant.

Christine Wow! I unstacked and restacked in honor of this review. 😁🔥 2mo
TheKidUpstairs My review started the same way! What a ride of a novel. Absolutely masterful work to balance the harsh truth with sharp humour. 2mo
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vivastory It'd be wild if this wins the Booker. Loved it 2mo
JamieArc You‘re not the last person. I still need to read it, but since I feel like it will make the shortlist, I‘m waiting and reading a few other Booker nominees first that I don‘t think will make the shortlist. 2mo
Sapphire I agree completely. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review for a fab book! 2mo
BarbaraBB Incredible book indeed. Review too! 2mo
batsy Great review. And don't worry about being the last person not to read a book—there's always me 😂 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy I feel like my biggest “How have you owned that for years and still not read it” is 2mo
batsy @MicheleinPhilly I still haven't read it, as well 😂 2mo
Megabooks Yeah, this was fantastic!! 2mo
Suet624 I was so disappointed when this didn‘t win the Tournament of Books this year. I handed this book already and insisted that people read it. It‘s so well done. 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Woke up with a wicked case of the crud so this is where you shall find me for the foreseeable future. #bookerprizelonglist

wanderinglynn Hope you feel better soon! 💚 2mo
merelybookish Healing vibes! 2mo
AmyG Oy, feel better! 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs Feel better soon, and I hope you enjoy the book! 2mo
Soubhiville Hope it passes quickly. 2mo
Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon! 🤒❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana Sending Get Well Soon wishes and hope you enjoy your reading break! ❤️ 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Oh no! Feel better. 💗 2mo
kspenmoll Feel better but glad you can read & read! 2mo
eanderson Feel better soon! 💕 2mo
squirrelbrain Ugh, hope you feel better soon! Great book though…. 2mo
MallenNC Feel better! 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Pardon the language: Holy Shit.

I raved through this one in a day and a half. A crime procedural with pitch-black satire, Everett really makes you think and question the history that was, and the history that is being written. He deftly handles the twisted and turns, manages to make you laugh and then immediately delivers a gut punch on the next page.

I'll be thinking about this one for a long time.

TheKidUpstairs CW: This book confronts the brutality of America's past and present racism. The n-word is used quite often (in context). There are brutally violent murder scenes. 2mo
jlhammar Yes! Loved this one so much. Really happy this one made the #Booker2022 longlist. 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a good book ! 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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"If you want to know a place, you talk to its history"

#BookerLonglist2022

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BookwormM
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#BookerLonglist2022 book 4

Wow this book was like nothing I have ever read.

Despite the heavy nature of the story (lynching as genocide) this book is hilarious. I loved the characters and it was the relationships in the book that made it for me.

I am not sure about the ending but I sure had hell enjoyed the ride there.

BarbaraBB Such a good one! 2mo
Graywacke Interesting! I‘ll get to this. 2mo
DLQBOOKNERD I thought this boom was . Fictional retribution!!! 2mo
DLQBOOKNERD Book* 2mo
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Brimful
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I was unfamiliar with Everett‘s work before the Booker long-list. The Trees is an amazing introduction. It begins as a darkly humorous investigation of three gruesome and perplexing murders. The local cops are useless so the charming and thoughtful state investigators take over. But then everything gets out of control and the book turns into a powerful indictment of systemic and murderous racism which requires to be acknowledged and avenged

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Brimful
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Everyone talks about genocides around the world, but when the killing is slow and spread over a hundred years no one notices. Where there are no mass graves , no one noticed. American outrage is always for show. It has a shelf life. If that griffin book we had been lynched like me, America might have looked up from dinner or baseball or whatever they do now. Twitter?

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Brimful
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Thrilled to see After Sappho and The Trees on the Booker long list 2022. Both already on my to be read pile. The Trees because of an enthusiastic review from the lonesome reader, After Sappho because it arrived this month as part of my Faber book subscription which was a gift from my former colleagues. How lucky is that? So looking forward to reading them both!

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rmaclean4
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I am waiting on Booker 2022 longlist books. Not pictured:
The Colony
Glory
Oh William!
Trust
Booth
Maps of our spectacular Bodies
Night Crawling
For the WIT read-a-thon:
Fieldwork in Ukraine Sex
#bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Hazel2019
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Still digesting it. Yes, you‘ll chuckle here and there at the ridiculousness and stupidity of white supremacy and baseless racism. It leaves a bad taste though. I hope.

Pay attention to the names and places, look them up and you‘ll discover countless tragedies.

There‘s lots of killing in this book, lots of death. Is it revenge? An orchestrated plot being executed? Black magic…?

#Booker2022

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Readerann Really unique, for sure. This one will stay with me a long time. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I thought this book was pure brilliance 2mo
Hazel2019 @Hooked_on_books this is my first Percival Everett book but now I want to read all the rest and I see he has written many. Have you read any of his other ones? 2mo
Hooked_on_books It was my first as well and I had the exact same reaction. I‘ve since read So Much Blue. It was good, though not as good as this one, and completely different from this. I haven‘t read any of his others yet. 2mo
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Kimbono
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Sunday afternoon reading soundtrack #readingsoundtrack

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802Librarian
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“American outrage is always for show.”

This felt like Hannah Gadsby‘s “Nanette,” it starts off hilarious, then gets deadly serious. A great example of how humor intensifies horror.

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CBee
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Percival Everett is a genius - I never would have imagined a satire written about such a brutal and horrific part of history, and I never would have imagined laughing whilst reading it (laughing a lot, actually). Someone else said he managed to make something as horrible as racism, funny - and it‘s true (I feel strange saying that, if you‘ve read this you‘ll understand). I found myself researching things, names, people mentioned in the book 👇🏻

CBee As well as the history of the song (originally a poem) Strange Fruit. Check out the history of the guy who wrote it, it‘s fascinating. Lastly, I was born and raised in Mississippi, and well, the more unsavory characters in the book are similar to people I‘ve actually met. So yeah, they exist (scary but true). Five million stars, this book rocked my world. Read it! 5mo
CBee @Jas16 this book was INCREDIBLE. Total #blameitonlitsy and I understand now why it‘s so beloved. 5mo
Jas16 @CBee I am so glad that you loved it as much as I did. I don‘t think I have stopped raving about it yet 5mo
CBee @Jas16 it was just so unique and I‘m so impressed by the author. Must look for his other books now! 5mo
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Avanders
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book updates:
Read 🍯 Roasted on audio ⭐️⭐️⭐️ A fine continuation, but I guess I think the “romance” drags & resolves in a weird way.

Evil🤰🏽was a fun, quick surprise (audio).
🌟🌟🌟🌟

And my # came up for the Paris Apt. Great so far!

And thx to a generous surprise from @mklong , I got Jade City (per @GrilledCheeseSamurai Rec) & Trees, 1 of 5 I‘m recommending to my #reallifebookclub for May (it‘s my turn :))(others tagged in comments, fyi :)).

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Sapphire
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I am reading the #tob22 books but not in time to vote. More interested in being exposed to new great literature than voting. But this book. Wow. It‘s why I read. It‘s funny and fast paced. It feels like pulp fiction but it‘s an important book with meaningful message. And just when you think it‘s turned serious there are zombies and ends with mystic stuff. It‘s the kind of book you love, but how do you say you like a topic like this?

vivastory Stellar review 👏👏I agree that the outcome of the real TOB the past couple of years has been disappointing, but it has been great for reading unforgettable books & there have been a lot of wonderful discussions surrounding it on Litsy 6mo
TrishB I felt the same about this book 👍🏻 6mo
BarbaraBB Fab review of a wonderful book! 6mo
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DLQBOOKNERD
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Really good. Fictional retribution....

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TrishB
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#blameitonlitsy
So many reviews I just had to read. All the reviews are true.
A true literary genius in this book, I have no idea how we‘re laughing at such a tragic history. But we are. But we‘re also taking in all that horror, all that injustice and the terrible stain that violence has left on society.
Amazing read.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
batsy Nice review! 💜 6mo
BkClubCare Ooooo- hadn‘t seen that cover. Is that UK? And yes, powerful book. 6mo
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squirrelbrain Great review! 6mo
Bec_lectic You have convinced me to read!! Sounds intriguing 😀 6mo
BarbaraBB Completely agree with your review! 6mo
TrishB @BkClubCare it‘s the U.K. kindle cover 👍🏻 6mo
TrishB @Bec_lectic hope you enjoy it 👍🏻 6mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB A very moving read. 6mo
Suet624 Great review for this book. It‘s hard to describe how brilliant it is. 6mo
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Absolutely dynamite! I won‘t be able to offer anything more than what has already been said about this one-of-kind novel, but will add my name to the list of those blown away by it. I think someone has said this here, but it‘s all I can come up with — the funniest book about racism and injustice I‘ve ever read. This is a testament to the author‘s skill. I must read others by Everett. Read this for the Tournament of Books which has broadened ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole (⬆️cont.) my reading horizons. I am going make a point to read the #ToB titles every year since I‘ve discovered some amazing books this year. 📚 ♥️ 6mo
BarbaraBB Glad you got a chance to read it and I am happy you loved it too! 6mo
Bookboss I just bought this! 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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They did it again. I can‘t believe what happened today in the real #ToB22: Zombie Klara beat The Trees???? WTF?
A small consolation is that in our tournament it did win. Subdivision was a worthy Zombie, 6 of us (Helen, Cassie, Janelle, Mindy, Tracy and I) nominated it for Zombie. However, in our votes for the match against The Trees it didn't stand a chance, only Cassie and I voted for it.
Wow, I am still SHOCKED by the outcome in the real ToB🤯

kwmg40 Wow, that was a shock! I really liked Klara (probably much more than others here) but I thought The Trees was a better book and was sure it would win. 6mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! I just read the decision. I‘m not sure I agree with her. So shocking! Lockwood BETTER win!!! 6mo
merelybookish I am also in shock, although once she said her favourite aspect in The Trees was the Trump stuff (which I considered the worst part), I didn't have a good feeling. Upset!! Even the commentators were bummed. 6mo
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squirrelbrain What!?! I also just read the judge‘s views and can‘t understand how she could feel so much for Klara. That was the issue I had with the book; Klara was rather one-dimensional. I have read so many better near-future novels recently. This is a huge disappointment. 6mo
BkClubCare Thank goodness for the fine and sensible readers of Litsy. I am 💔 I know my own issues with Klara are such that I suspect an allergy to the author but seriously?! Ugh. I am SO SAD that this has happened?!?! “So it goes” 6mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - COME ON Lockwood!! 6mo
BkClubCare @squirrelbrain - tbh, I didn‘t have time to read any of it. I don‘t usually do that!! I have to run workshops today so see ya all later. I don‘t have time to sob 😭 6mo
Cinfhen 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 @BkClubCare 6mo
Addison_Reads I know Subdivision was a long shot, but I had to show it some love. 😁 This is my first year following the ToB and today's decision in the real tournament has completely shocked me. I did enjoy Klara, but The Trees is a much better book and deserved the win. 6mo
Megabooks I want to shake some sense into that darn judge. A big WTF to this decision, and I feel the same way you do about Klara @squirrelbrain ! I‘m thinking I‘ll like Remains much more than Klara, which was a total flop for me. 👎🏻👎🏻 seriously 6mo
Megabooks I‘m just hoping the actual basketball tournament turns out better than the ToB! 6mo
jlhammar I really enjoyed and appreciated Klara, but was definitely hoping for The Trees to get the rooster this year. How great was Kevin Guilfoile's commentary? “the trees getting its nuts cut off by a Zombie is a little on the nose.“ Too perfect. 6mo
squirrelbrain @Megabooks - I loved Remains and it is SO different to Klara; hopefully you‘ll be OK! 😁🤞 6mo
sarahbarnes I‘m shocked along with everyone else here at the decision today. And also rooting for the Lockwood to take the Rooster! 6mo
Ruthiella Shocked but on the other hand, I never predict correctly how the judging will go! I loved Klara but still would have picked The Trees over it. Oh well. 6mo
Suet624 No! How could they? 6mo
Mindyrecycles I also loved Klara but she was no competition for The Trees. Shocked along with most of us! 6mo
Cinfhen I missed that comment @jlhammar thanks for sharing!! CLEVER commentary!!! 6mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar What @Cinfhen says! Clever and so true!! 6mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella How come we‘re always wrong and still love this tournament 😄?! 6mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked Klara, but no way it beats The Trees. What was she thinking?!? Now that this travesty has been committed, I‘d love to see Matrix win tomorrow so there‘s an all-zombie final. Plus I didn‘t like the Lockwood, so I‘d rather Matrix beat it anyway. 6mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I wouldn‘t be surprised and it would be kind of spectacular although I liked the Lockwood more than Matrix! 6mo
thebluestocking Noooo! I‘m so bummed The Trees is out of the real tournament. But I‘m so glad it‘s moving on here. 💙 6mo
cariashley Absolutely shocked, and disappointed. I thought Klara was pretty lame. And kind of can‘t believe the judge said The Trees would have been more meaningful if she read it right after George Floyd.. 🥴 (edited) 6mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I know! 😂😂😂 We hope against hope year after year. 6mo
Readerann I agree with everybody here. I liked Klara, but not against The Trees. After what @cariashley said, I don‘t think I‘m going to bother reading the commentary. 🙁 6mo
Readerann @Megabooks Ha ha. I confess the basketball tournament has cut into my reading time. I did even worse with my brackets there. 😗 6mo
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vivastory
The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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It is often a sign of a bad book that it has you rethinking what you have to say about it while reading the last 10-15 pages. The Trees is not a bad book. It is a very good,& funny, book. I was going to call The Trees farcical, but the inclusion of speech patterns & excerpts from 45 on pg. 299-301 points towards reality as farcical &/or Everett to be the Zola of our age. To quote Black FBI agent Hind, “History is a motherfucker.“ When bodies

vivastory turn up that have ties to the murder of Emmett Till, MBI detectives Jim & Ed are called in to assist the locals. Set primarily in Money, Mississippi at several points during the novel the Nina Simone song Mississippi Goddam is mentioned. In fact, I think of Everett's book as the equivalent of a Simone song. Incendiary, inspiring, infuriating & chilling. Everett's latest is a memorable entry in fiction tackling the legacy of the brutality of 6mo
vivastory slavery & racial violence in an imaginative way that extends from Butler's Kindred to the present day. Feel free to click one or all of the following relevant youtube links!
Nina Simone performs Mississippi Goddam:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ25-U3jNWM
Billie Holiday performs Strange Fruit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DGY9HvChXk
Daily Show:Foxsplained (Who is Ketanji Brown Jackson?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw0jU3yAISk
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Hooked_on_books I just loved this book. It‘s so unique, so good. 6mo
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vivastory @Hooked_on_books Agreed! I have read only one other Everett book. I will def be reading more. 6mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. This book taught me so much beside making me laugh out loud. Thanks for the links! 6mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! If I recall correctly, you have read a few other books by Everett. Do you have any other favorites? 6mo
BarbaraBB I loved both Telephone (which I think you read too) and 6mo
batsy Nice review! I really should be reading everything he's written. I loved So Much Blue. 6mo
Megabooks Excellent review!! I can‘t believe it lost in the tob today. I‘ve gotten two more from Everett‘s backlist and plan to read one in April. 6mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB @batsy Thanks for the recommendation! Stacking So Much Blue. Looking forward to it 6mo
vivastory @Megabooks It's pretty surprising it lost, especially to a work that I thought was as so-so as Ishiguro's. I read Telephone last year & it's one of the books from last year's tob that has really stuck with me. 6mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I haven‘t heard of those! I have a copy though of 6mo
Chelsea.Poole Great review! About to finish this one myself. 6mo
Suet624 I was so upset that it lost in the TOB. It was my absolute favorite. Another book that I pass around to all my friends and insist that they read it. 6mo
vivastory @Suet624 Yep, this is why I don't get invested in the TOB. After seeing what happened with Transcendent Kingdom last year... 6mo
Suet624 However, if not for the TOB I might not have even read it. So there‘s that. 😀 6mo
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I just came across this recent news story that sadly reminds me of a scene in the tagged book:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/he-was-a-detective-with-the-kcpd-and-he-still-...

Ruthiella Awful news story. I did like the scene in the book though. Amazing how Everett kept the balance between light and heavy in the novel. 6mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I agree about how well he manages the humor & the subject matter. It's very well handled. 6mo
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Started this weekend and now a little over 200 pages in.

BarbaraBB Can‘t wait to see your review! 6mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I understand what all of the hype is about! 6mo
BarbaraBB I thought you would 😉 6mo
Megabooks Such a fantastic book! 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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Despite all the love and praise for Intimacies, it didn't stood a chance against The Trees, not in the real #ToB22 nor in our version. One more week to go, for now I wish you a happy weekend! Next week will be zombie 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️ time!

BkClubCare Relieved. Whew! 6mo
Suet624 Yippee! Thank you Barbara for everything. 6mo
Cinfhen I think we‘re looking at the tournament champ 😉 6mo
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BarbaraBB @Suet624 Very welcome 🤍 6mo
Megabooks I agree @Cinfhen !! Thank you @BarbaraBB this is so fun! 💜💜 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I hope so! 🤞 6mo
Readerann I didn‘t pick The Trees, but am perfectly fine with it winning (if it does). If we do this again next year, I am determined to read more of the shortlist sooner! Thanks from me too, @BarbaraBB . 6mo
sarahbarnes The judge‘s verdict really resonated with me today. I felt similarly - Intimacies is the kind of book I love, but I felt like The Trees should win this one. 6mo
cariashley @sarahbarnes me too! Intimacies is so up my alley but I‘m really pleased to see The Trees advance. 6mo
Hooked_on_books Hooray for The Trees! What an incredible book! I was nervous reading the judgment today, not sure which way is was going to go. I was pretty sure we‘d go with The Trees, so I was less nervous about our vote. Now I‘m curious about what the zombies are going to be! 6mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @Readerann I too loved Intimacies but unfortunately it met The Trees and that book was so unique.. like @Cinfhen says I think that‘ll be our winner. Although you never know, we‘ve got some good zombies returning in our tournament next week! @Hooked_on_books 6mo
alisiakae I'm hoping The Trees is the TOB Champ!
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BarbaraBB
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Matrix vs The Trees was a no brainer, both in our version of the #ToB22 and in the real one. Except for Meg, Margot and Gayla we all voted for The Trees, who many of us have predicted to take away this year's rooster. Hopefully the Zombie round will stir things up again!

merelybookish No surprise and The Trees is a worthy winner. I voted with my ♥️ for Matrix fully expecting it to lose. But hopefully it will come back as a zombie! 6mo
kwmg40 I liked Matrix a lot but I‘m hoping to see The Trees in the finals, so I‘m happy with the results. 6mo
squirrelbrain I agree @kwmg40 - Matrix was one of my favourites, but The Trees just edged it. 6mo
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sarahbarnes 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Although I am on the list for Matrix from the library and am interested to read it. 6mo
Ruthiella I would love to see Everett win the 🐓 this year! 6mo
alisiakae @Ruthiella me too! 6mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s a relief! I loved Matrix but The Trees is just incredible. So glad it won it both places! 6mo
Readerann I loved The Trees, but will have to read The Matrix now. *goes off to place a library hold* 6mo
Well-ReadNeck My favorite for the win! Glad to see the strong showing 6mo
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Although All‘s Well receives a lot of positive reviews, all of us (and that‘s a first) voted for The Trees today. The book seems a serious contender for this year‘s Rooster.
In the real #ToB22 The Trees came out as the winner too. According to the judge: “The Trees is the blackest black comedy I‘ve ever read, murderous and morally urgent, and unlike the claustrophobic All‘s Well, uncontainable.”
Let‘s wait and see if Awad makes a 🧟‍♀️ comeback!

Cinfhen I totally agree with the judges decision but I think choose the Awad as my zombie 🧟‍♀️, not that it‘s my favorite read but I felt it was up against a really tough contender. I‘m still rooting for the Lockwood but I do think Everett could take the rooster 🐔 7mo
merelybookish Also agree with the judge's decision! Awad's blurring of reality & magic make for such great stories but she hasn't figured out how to end them in a satisfying way. I also found the ending of The Trees a bit heavy handed but it is still a brilliant novel. 7mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t get round to reading the Awad so can‘t make any comparisons, but The Trees is still my overall favourite. 7mo
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Well-ReadNeck I liked the Awad, but liked her earlier, Bunny, better. The Trees was my pick here, too. Both Awad and Everett are auto-read authors for me. Was an unfortunate first round draw for Awad, but I agree with the decision.
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Ruthiella Two of my favorites up against each other! 😬 But I totally support Everett‘s win here. I‘d like to see it take the 🐓 . 7mo
Readerann So happy The Trees is moving on! 7mo
Megabooks Yay!! 7mo
Hooked_on_books Yes, I want The Trees to win it all, too! So much so that I waited for today‘s verdict holding my breath. I was nervous! And how dare they take the weekend off! 😂 7mo
thebluestocking I really enjoyed both of these books, but I agree that The Trees could win the whole tournament. I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a book quite like it. (edited) 7mo
cariashley Oh shoot I thought I changed my vote to The Trees after I finally read it!! It was far and away my pick for this round ☺️ 7mo
BkClubCare I appreciated both of these ❤️ and am glad The Trees moves on 🌲 🌳 🌲 So now I dread the right side of the brackets - few favorites among this side; now it is a question of how will my bracket fare? 😂 7mo
Mindyrecycles I‘m so happy The Trees advances, but the judge was a little dismissive of All‘s Well. 😢 7mo
kwmg40 I'm very happy The Tree advances, but I'd love to see All's Well return as a zombie. 7mo
BarbaraBB @cariashley You DID change it, I just didn‘t notice. I‘m sorry and will edit the post! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books How dare they 😂 7mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare I agree, the left and right side of the brackets feel very unbalanced ⚖️ 7mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books same here. 7mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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The second week of the Morning News Tournament of Books opens today with All's Well vs. The Trees. If I'm being honest, neither of these books worked for me -- they're both purportedly comic novels that didn't make me laugh.

But I think that Percival Everett's The Trees -- a satire about racial violence -- is more successful than All's Well, Mona Awad's take on female pain and female anger.

Sophronisba And I could at least root for the protagonists in The Trees; I couldn't stand All's Well's Miranda, who was somehow both whiny and sociopathic.

So today I am pulling for The Trees.
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Interesting article in today‘s Observer newspaper. It will be interesting to see the #tob outcome tomorrow, along with the judge‘s comments. I‘d like this book to win the tournament overall.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/12/percival-everett-id-love-to-write-...

Suet624 I want The Trees to win it all too! So good. 7mo
Ruthiella I would also love to see this book take the Rooster! 🐓 7mo
thebluestocking I think Trees has the best shot of winning. I‘ll check out the article. Thanks for posting! 7mo
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sarahbarnes Agreed - it‘s so good! Thanks for sharing. 7mo
cariashley Great article! This book is so, so excellent. Thanks for the tag! 7mo
BarbaraBB I love that he always returns to 7mo
Megabooks Thanks for the link! 7mo
Hooked_on_books I look forward to reading this. I want this one to win, too! It‘s absolutely incredible! 7mo
Mindyrecycles Love it! “I‘m happy to say I‘ve pissed off a lot of people for my stereotyping of the white characters. Someone in an interview [objected] and my response was: “Good, how does it feel?”” 7mo
squirrelbrain I loved that part too! @Mindyrecycles 7mo
Readerann Interesting interview! Thx for the tag. 7mo
kwmg40 Great article! Thanks for the tag. 7mo
rockpools In case you‘re interested… Influx have a sale of Percival Everett‘s backlist at the mo: https://www.influxpress.com/shop?category=SALE 7mo
squirrelbrain New books?! @rockpools Always interested…. Off to check it out now! Thank you! 😘 (edited) 7mo
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Spending this rainy Saturday (upgrade from snow) trying to catch up on some #TOB titles now that my library holds have come. Several People are Typing is funny, but The Trees seems like a possible contender.

BarbaraBB Enjoy, it‘s so good! I hope you‘ll finish it before tomorrow 😅 7mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB It moves pretty quickly! I should be able to finish before tomorrow's ruling. 🙂 7mo
BarbaraBB That is fast! 7mo
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Addison_Reads
The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I saved this #ToB22 title for last because it seemed to be the favorite by many.

This is a true work of genius. It's impactful, humorous, and full of rich characters and history. Trying to explain to others why your laughing at a book about Emmett Till's murder is a bit weird, but definitely worth it.

Loved this one. 💛

Megabooks Great review! 💯💯 7mo
merelybookish Yes! I just finished today and am marveling how such a gruesome subject could be light. 7mo
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kwmg40
The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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This is my favourite of the 13 #ToB22 books I've read so far. Absolutely brilliant! It's a darkly humorous and horrific story that is connected to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Suet624 My favorite of the TOB too. I‘ve been passing this book around to all my friends. 7mo
paperwitchs Definitely have to add to my TBr 7mo
BarbaraBB One of my two favorites too! 7mo
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Ruthiella Definitely at the top of my list! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
jlhammar Yes! I'm hoping this one wins. 7mo
kwmg40 @Suet624 @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @jlhammar Yes, this seems to be the #ToB22 favourite! I loved Telephone from last year's list too.

@paperwitchs I hope you love it as much as I did!

@TheAromaofBooks Thanks for stopping by!
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BarbaraBB I loved Telephone too last year. And also 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
kwmg40 @BarbaraBB So Much Blue is on my TBR list! 7mo
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Jas16
The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Even with all of the love it has received on Litsy I didn‘t expect to feel so strongly about this book- trying to cram in a few pages while I ate lunch at work, texting people when I was only half way through to tell them they had to read it. It made me squirm. It made me laugh. It made me sad and angry and irritated. So many books I read and know I will soon have forgotten their details. This is not one of them.

BarbaraBB Great review. Glad it lived up to your expectations! 7mo
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Happy TOB Eve! So excited for tomorrow.

I hope The Trees takes it all, I hope The Sentence wins tomorrow but I will be fine if Cope makes it through, too. #TOB22 #TOB2022

Mindyrecycles Can‘t wait can‘t wait!! 7mo
BkClubCare @Mindyrecycles - squeeeee! 7mo
AFridayFriend I‘m excited for you! LOL 7mo
Readerann I‘m excited, too! Just starting The Sentence, but hoping it wins the play-in just because it‘s Erdrich. 7mo
BkClubCare @Readerann - I have The Sentence zombie-ing so whatever happens can be overcome. 🧟‍♀️ 7mo
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