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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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SanjanaGhosh
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Mehso-so

T for A to Z challenge!

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emmasm08
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Panpan

A book about racism - it should have had more meaning . It gets excellent reviews but I was disappointed - it set off well and then became ridiculous and I still have no idea what happened in the end .

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TieDyeDude
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I loved this book. I had never heard of Percival Everett until his recent increased publicity from his new book James and the movie American Fiction, but I had a strong sense that I'd like his work. He pulls no punches in his criticism of southern culture, white supremacists, and, towards the end, president 45. He flirts with the supernatural, but keeps everything in this world in some excellent developments, and his quips are darkly hilarious.

SamAnne Loved this book. And, yes my redneck Oregon hometown is listed in the back….I loved Telephone, very different. And Erasure. And just finished James. I want to read his whole backlist. Dr. No is next up. 1mo
Ruthiella He does not pull his punches. This is the kind of satire I appreciate. Hard to pull off I think. 1mo
batsy What @Ruthiella said! Glad you liked it. 1mo
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TieDyeDude
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I have been feeling a little blue lately, but it's been a good week overall:
1. Applied to a new job. Hoping to hear back, but it felt good just to take that first step to actively apply
2. Salmon fish & chips! (empty plate shown)
3. Giveaway box from @DebinHawaii
4. Episode 1 on the big screen this weekend
5. @WildAlaskaBibliophile being silly with me. She prefers a salon, but we will occasionally revert to COVID-era self grooming.
#5joysFriday

Amiable Agree on #1! Taking that first step towards something always gives you a bit of a thrill, doesn't it? Good luck! 1mo
WildAlaskaBibliophile Thank you @DebinHawaii! You were super generous, and we love all of the goodies, tea, and books! We can wait to dive into Bardugo's “The Familiar“! 1mo
AmyG Good luck with the job app. 🤞🏻 1mo
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TheBookgeekFrau Good luck with the job! 🍀🍀 1mo
DebinHawaii @WildAlaskaBibliophile @TieDyeDude You are welcome! I hope you have fun with & enjoy everything! 💛💛💛 1mo
BookwormAHN Good luck with the job 🍀 1mo
DebinHawaii @TieDyeDude What a great joy list! I feel you on the blues & it‘s great to find the bright spots. Wishing you luck on the job! 💛💛💛 And I love the pic of you & @WildAlaskaBibliophile too! (edited) 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good luck with the job! Love your list! 1mo
wanderinglynn 🤞🏻on the job! Sending lots of positive thoughts your way. I also applied for a new job & am just waiting, waiting, waiting. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Hope you feel better soon. That photo is so sweet 😊 1mo
AnnCrystal 🤞👍. 1mo
peaKnit Good luck on the job!! 1mo
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TieDyeDude
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April #bookspin #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

Bookspin: tagged
Double bookspin: Star Wars: Aftermath

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!! 3mo
DieAReader Looks great! Killers of the Flower Moon & Brain on Fore are fantastic reads🤓 I hope you enjoy them both❤️‍🔥😏 3mo
Suet624 Trees! So good. 2mo
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Reggie
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Book #5 in #24in24. The writing gymnastics one has to have to have dry, witty and humorous, dialogue while still having this important weight of horrible history hanging over it is astounding. I found laughs bubbling through me on one page only to be so angry and sad on the next. The care certain characters got in here when it came to their murders while there was a whole century of people who sometimes didn‘t even get names to their bodies,👇🏼

Reggie infuriating. This book is just brilliant. Pick! (edited) 4mo
batsy I'm in awe of what he did with this book and have no clue how he was able to do it. Just brilliant. 4mo
Reggie @batsy the names were hilarious. Governor Pinched Wheyface. Pick. L. Dill. What killed me was how accurately he captured the outrageousness of characters, that made me laugh. They seemed like a caricature, the exaggeration, BUT he wasn‘t wrong. And because he wasn‘t wrong I felt like I shouldn‘t have laughed because how much those characters have done in real life. He has me tumbling over myself. 4mo
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batsy @Reggie "Tumbling over myself" is such a good way to describe how it was to read it. So true!!! 4mo
JamieArc Brilliant is exactly the word I use to describe this author. 4mo
Aimeesue Such a great book. The names! Just brilliant. 4mo
Tamra Isn‘t it fantastic?! Such creativity! If you haven‘t already, I recommend reading 4mo
BarbaraBB Loved all I read by him. Brilliant indeed! 4mo
Jas16 I loved this book and have and have not stopped recommending it to people since I read it. Great review. 4mo
youneverarrived I need to read this! Great review. I‘d recommend So Much Blue too by the same author if you haven‘t already read it 🩵 4mo
Ruthiella Agree, this book makes you laugh and cry. The balance is amazing. It‘s a masterpiece. 4mo
Centique I loved this too. Great review Reggie! 😍🙌 4mo
Reggie @JamieArc @BarbaraBB @Jas16 @Ruthiella @Centique It reads so easy all the while he‘s Trojan horsing you. It was amazing. 4mo
Reggie @Tamra I definitely want to read that one. My parents loved the movie. 4mo
Reggie @youneverarrived I have read that one. The part about him being in El Salvador all those years later and he meets that father again whose son he helped bury all those years ago. Gets me every time I think about it. I need to read more of him. 4mo
Reggie @Aimeesue Junior Junior, Triple J, Pinched Wheyface was my favorite, Pick L. Dill, Mister Mister. There was a lot of fun being had. 4mo
vivastory Just know that mentally I am sending you a link for the Daniel Bryant “Yes! Yes! Yes!“ GIF Fantastic review, friend. This is such a great book & I still think about it 4mo
Reggie @vivastory Thank you, Scott.Lolol I had to go look that gif up. Hilarious. Part of the style in here, it reminded me of Brian Evenson a little. 4mo
Rissreads I‘m excited to read this one 3mo
Suet624 This was the first of his that I had read and I couldn‘t believe I had never heard of him before. Just as you say, I was amazed at how he made me laugh and be horrified page by page. 3mo
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lauraisntwilder
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I went to hear Percival Everett speak last month at the University of South Alabama. After that, I was anxious to read one of his books. This one was a stunner. The subject matter was hard, but there were still bits of humor throughout and really solid characterization.

BarbaraBB How cool! I loved all the books I read by him 4mo
SamAnne Jealous! Loved this one. Starting Erasure this week. Absolutely loved Telephone. 4mo
lauraisntwilder @BarbaraBB @SamAnne I definitely need to read more by him. 4mo
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Leniverse
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I'm sure I haven't caught half the name jokes in this book, but that one's kinda on the nose. It seems... a bit weird, for a book where the theme is racial (in)justice. 🤨

Ruthiella Oh, the pun is intentional for sure. Just like Agent Hind whose first name can be shortened to Herbie. (edited) 4mo
Leniverse @Ruthiella Yes, everybody stares at her when she says her name is Herbie, but I don't get what the joke is. 😂 It's like when the two MBI agents come across Hot Mama Yeller and they give each other a WTF look. I'm like that with every name in the book. 😆 I mean, Helvetica Quip?!? Ho Chi Minh is the only one I get so far. 😅 4mo
Ruthiella Agent Hind‘s name could be understood as “her behind. 4mo
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Leniverse @Ruthiella Oh, DOH! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Can't believe that didn't click for me 😂 4mo
Leniverse @Ruthiella Or rather, I know why. I read her last name as rhyming with rind, not with find, so I didn't put it together. Thanks. 4mo
Ruthiella I didn‘t get it right away either! 😅 4mo
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Decalino
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Two special investigators from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are called in after White residents of Money start turning up gruesomely murdered, accompanied each time by the body of a mysterious Black man, beaten beyond recognition, who subsequently vanishes. The initial broadly comic tone gradually takes on the weight of a terrible and bloody history, as someone or something demands vengeance for the dead. Unforgettable.

Tamra He is one of my favorite contemporary novelists and I‘ve only read 2! 4mo
Decalino @Tamra Agreed! Looking forward to his new novel James--it's coming out next month. 🙂 4mo
Tamra @Decalino 👏🏾👏🏾 4mo
SamAnne Oof. One of my best reads of last year. And not surprised to find my small Oregon town listed on The List. (edited) 4mo
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Deblovestoread
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#12DaysofChristmas #May I read 6 five 🌟 books in May.

The Trees edged out the others by the merest of margins so here are the others that I also loved:

Notes on an Execution
Honor
The Sun Does Shine
Home Fire
Black Butterflies

@Andrew65

IndoorDame So good! This was on my list of top reads last year, but it‘s one I need to revisit. 6mo
Andrew65 An excellent month of reading. 6mo
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Mpcacher
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The New Yorker described this as 'deadly serious comedy' which I think is a perfect description. It is a dark and brutally violent book and yet I laughed a lot. Yes it is filled with stereotypes and silly character names, but it is also incredibly thought provoking and a serious look at racism and the history of lynching. Some books entertain, while others do that and stay with you for life...this is one of those. I loved it. 4.5/5 stars!

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The Lorraine Motel, Tennesse

"It's a museum now", Jim said
"And it should't be", Ed said
"Why not?", Quip asked
"Its just a motel. That's what it is. That's all it is", said Ed. "People should rent out that room and sleep in that very bed and step through that very door and stand on that balcony and realise what happened there".

I always think of James Baldwin when I read Black voices and realise how much of my world view is perspective ?

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Deblovestoread
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I read some great books in June and was having trouble deciding which was the best but then I realized it didn‘t matter because The Trees was hands down the winner for the first half of the year. If you haven‘t read it you should.

BarbaraBB Such a good book 12mo
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vlwelser
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Considering this is a book about lynching, it's really very entertaining. I don't know how to sell you all on this but definitely give it a try. It's very clever. I thought it was really well done.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
SamAnne One of my best reads this year! I also read Telephone. Very different, very good. 12mo
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Deblovestoread
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This was on several #Bestof22 list and I can see why. It‘s perfection and gets all my stars! 💜💜💜

First book done for #20in4…about 5 ish hours of reading today.

Andrew65 Excellent, a great start 👏👏👏 13mo
SamAnne Absolutely one of my best reads of the year. It is a brilliant writer who crafts a tale that puts the bulls eye on America's violent racist legacy--and also makes you laugh. I had such a book hangover!!! I just finished Telephone. So different, also wonderful. I'm going to read more Percival Everett. 13mo
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Deblovestoread
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“Money, Mississippi looks exactly like it sounds.”

I‘m at chapter 21 and am LOVING this book!

Suet624 It‘s so good. 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Such an inventive piece of work. At times I chuckled at the dialogues and dark humour, next, I was silent at the gruesome crime scenes and the all-important, grave issues that Everett is putting across. An unexpected read, a page-turner, and the rousing finale… I want to read more of Everett. 👍

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ I‘m listening to it on audio at the moment and I‘m captivated. 13mo
batsy Yes! It's so good. 13mo
BarbaraBB A favorite of mine. 13mo
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Tamra Page turning yes! 13mo
Ruthiella Great review. That‘s it exactly. 13mo
CarolynM Lovely review❤️ 13mo
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Magpiegem
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I listened to this one and knew pretty quickly I would need a physical copy on my forever shelf. I found it in one of my local charity shops for Q9 - bargain!

SamAnne One of my best reads this year! 14mo
Tamra I did the same! 😆 14mo
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DHill
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“Money, Mississippi, looks exactly like it sounds.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Magpiegem
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I‘m a bit late with this months #2023readingbracket (as usual). It was a really difficult choice this month between two 5⭐️ books, but in the end The Trees won out. Thanks @chasjjlee for making this reading bracket. I really like the way it works this year 😊

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Magpiegem
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19/23 I finished this book a couple of days ago but needed time to let it settle. I loved it, but when I talk about it, a book about lynchings, racism, bigotry, it doesn‘t sound right to say I found it very (darkly) funny, extremely entertaining and original. But that‘s the truth. The New Yorker described it as deadly serious comedy, this is correct. Everett is extremely talented and I will certainly be picking up more books by him. 5⭐️

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SamAnne
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Wow. This will be one of my best reads of the year. I have a crazy book hangover. All the stars for this fast read. Members of the families responsible for Emmet Till‘s murder start showing up lynched with a black cadaver left at the scene. The story telescopes out from there, an incredible balancing act between violence, America‘s ongoing racist legacyand biting humor and great hard-boiled detective dialogue.

SamAnne Also was struck by my coastal Oregon hometown on the list of towns with lynchings at the end of the book. Not surprised. Oregon was and is a racist state. There was a confederate flag painted on a building in the heart of Portland until the late 90s. The Dixie Mattress Company on SE Division. Big white supremacist movement when I lived there in the 80s and early 90s. (edited) 1y
Hooked_on_books Loved this book! I lived in Grants Pass for a few years and learned it had been the home of the Oregon KKK. It was racist for sure, with very few black people. Whenever I saw a black person, I wanted to ask them if they needed a safe place to be. Sad. 1y
SamAnne @Hooked__on__books I grew up outside of Coos Bay! Allegany….you just might know where that is….up the Millicoma River. 1y
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SamAnne Also, it is my #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks And, I‘m not sure what happened at the end! 1y
Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! 😃 1y
CBee Loved this one too!! 1y
jlhammar One of my favorite reads from last year. So good! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1y
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SamAnne
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Oh my. A novel with horror and dark humor about lynching in America. Emmit Till‘s murder is avenged. Heart aches one moment, laughing the next. Some whip smart humor in this very dark novel. Like Jordan Peele taken to 11. Or more like Peele with subtlety removed. Only 60 pages in. Was supposed to return to library today. No print copy in town! Will be a late night/early morning to finish. I will be reading more Percival Everett.

Ruthiella This wasn‘t my first Everett, but otherwise my reaction was similar to yours. Probably the best book I read in 2021. 1y
SamAnne @Ruthiella would love your recommendation on what to read next by him. 1y
Ruthiella The first book I read was So Much Blue and I loved it. I then went on and read Erasure and Telephone. I have Dr. No and I Am Not Sidney Poitier on my shelf to read next. 1y
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BarbaraBB One of my favorites. Like @Ruthiella I loved So Much Blue, Telephone and Erasure too. Oh and Dr No! 1y
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I thought about tagging you! 🤣 I‘m glad you saw this. @SamAnne We give you two 👍👍 to read So Much Blue next. 1y
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella We‘re his biggest supporters 💃💃 1y
SamAnne @barbaraBB @Ruthiella Now I‘m 150 pages in and realize that I‘ve misconstrued a bit the scope of the themes in the novel. Just brilliant. I‘m flaking on work this morning to finish it since it was due back at the library yesterday and no physical copies are at my bookstore! But I will be buying it. And reading another of his books next month. I will have a major book hangover this afternoon . 1y
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DHill
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Just going to start with the one on the top 📚

#tbr

Tamra I hope you enjoy it! 1y
SamAnne I plan to start this weekend! 1y
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Tamra
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I would not or could not stop talking about this wild & bonkers & heart breaking story. So, my husband said he‘d like to try to it. Since I had listened to the audio version I ordered a physical copy on the spot! I‘m not sure he‘s going to like it, but I‘ll for sure read it again. 😄

JamieArc I talked about this a lot after I read it. 6 months later, it‘s probably the book I still recommend most. 1y
megnews Yes. I just recommended it to a friend 1y
Ruthiella Yes! One of the best books ever. So perfectly balanced and powerful. 1y
batsy It's so good. So much of it remains vivid in my mind. 1y
Hooked_on_books So good! 1y
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LadyCait84
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Brilliant. But tough. Though there‘s dark, satirical humor to it (tone-wise a little like Heller‘s Catch-22), it‘s the kind that‘ll have you chuckling at a bit of dialogue while continuing to cry with rage & horror & marrow-deep heartbreak. The crime story is fiction, but the history (& continuation) of lynching, police brutality, & white supremacy it‘s built around is all too real.

I‘ve got a lot of processing to do before book club tomorrow.

rmaclean4 Loved this book! 1y
Suet624 Spot on review. 1y
SamAnne On my list for March. 1y
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Graywacke
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This is a fast, fun, gory, light book full of wisecracks that is legitimately funny and entertaining…and then it brings in Emmett Till, and the history of lynching, linked to the names we know from very recent news. So how does one go back to seeing anything fun. Percival doesn‘t change anything. The fun and gore continue. My brain had trouble flexing, and it‘s little unsure how to feel. That must be a compliment. #booker2022

Leftcoastzen Amazing review! This has been on my radar but I‘m thinking it‘s pretty intense & might start with a different one of his. 1y
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I also really liked his book 1y
Tamra I picked up my library copy yesterday - looking forward to diving in tomorrow. Glad to see you enjoyed it. 1y
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Leftcoastzen @vivastory I may try that one first , I‘ve heard good things. 1y
Cathythoughts Nice review 👏🏻 1y
Hooked_on_books I thought this book was brilliant. It made me want to read everything he has written. 1y
batsy It was like a jolt to the brain, isn't it. I still think about it. 1y
TrishB I thought his flex was brilliant! Genius to be able to do that. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m most curious! Will quickly put this on hold at the library. 1y
Graywacke @Leftcoastzen It‘s really not intense. I would be happy to read more from him. @vivastory noting Telephone 1y
Graywacke @Tamra ooh. I‘m curious how you like it. 1y
Graywacke @Hooked_on_books @TrishB is it brilliant, or just clever? (as if there‘s an objective scale). I think keeping the tone straight was important. Lots of authors try to mix fun and serious (see Carl Hiaasen). But it‘s not easy to make it effective. TP did. 1y
Graywacke @batsy yes, my brain is jolted! It doesn‘t have a lot of say on whether it wants to think about it or not. Phew. I admit, reading the last hundred pages was difficult for me. The “how fun” and the “but wait” brain parts were not coming to an accord. 1y
Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm oh, awesome. It‘s a quick read. I look forward to your response 1y
Hooked_on_books I think it‘s brilliant. He just took the top down and put the pedal to the metal on this, and I love that he gave himself permission to do that. How on earth could a book about lynching and Emmett Till be funny? But it is. This was one of my favorite reads of 2022. 1y
Graywacke @Hooked_on_books i like the sports car image. 🙂 I‘m with you there. I think it‘s funny and also not funny. There is also remorse and a rebellion of sorts. Since he keeps a straight face, I‘m not sure we know how to take him. I suspect he doesn‘t want me to know, at least not easily. 1y
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Jen2
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WOW!!!!!

Ruthiella Yes. This book was brilliant. 1y
Tamra My library hold just came in - Yay! 1y
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Magpiegem
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Me to my kids- “right kids, we are dropping books back to the library. But we are NOT getting any more books, we‘ve got enough to read at home at the moment”

Me and my kids 10 minutes later… 🤦🏻‍♀️ Like mummy like sons I guess!

I picked up the tagged book after listening to this weeks A Good Read on BBC Sounds and then reading all the rave reviews on Litsy. Even though I am supposed to be reading my shelves 😬

Smrloomis Same here. At least it was the library and not somewhere you had to buy each book! 😂 1y
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megnews
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Phenomenal.

batsy I agree! 🙌🏾 1y
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AnneCecilie
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#12Booksof2022 day 10

A murder mystery that is about so much else as well

Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 1y
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SaraBeagle
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Favorite fiction part I. The Trees was probably my top book of the year. The Feast I picked up after seeing it here on Litsy and I‘m so appreciative of those that posted about it.

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TrishB
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#12booksof2022 April.
Genius writing- how did he make us laugh whilst writing about such a serious subject.

squirrelbrain Great choice! 1y
Andrew65 A wonderful choice. 1y
Aimeesue So good! 1y
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squirrelbrain
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#12booksof2022

I read a lot of books in January, and this was one of four 5 star reads, but just edged it over the others.

SamAnne Oh I‘m hoping to get to this one in January! 1y
rockpools Firmly on my ‘one day‘ list! Hope you‘re having a lovely day 🎄 1y
TrishB Didn‘t read until later in the year! So may make a different month! 1y
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squirrelbrain It‘s such a good read! @SamAnne 1y
squirrelbrain We‘ve had a very chilled out day @rockpools, which is a lovely change! How have you been? 1y
bnp This is on Mt. TBR, but I haven't gotten to it yet. 1y
squirrelbrain @TrishB I would think it might do, although it depends what else it comes up against. 🤔 1y
rockpools @squirrelbrain I feel like I‘m being SO LAZY, but what can you do??! So yes, chilled. And as long as no-one needs me to speak, I‘m perfectly fine. It‘s a quiet one!! 🤣🤣 1y
Ruthiella I read this in 2021 and it was one of the best books I‘d read that year. (edited) 1y
squirrelbrain Aw, you poor thing Rachel @rockpools 😢 Did they push your Christmas dinner under your door? 😬 1y
Andrew65 This looks great, not heard of it before so thanks. 😁 1y
batsy This book is so good! 1y
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AnneCecilie
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#AdventRecommends December 18th

A murder mystery that turns into so much else.

SamAnne Oh I have been trying to get to this one for so long! 1y
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Abailliekaras
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A strong, thought-provoking novel. I had mixed feelings. I loved the characters of Ed and Jim & the punchy, smart writing. But the satirical, flippant tone - whilst deliberate - jarred & distanced me from the story. There were speculative elements that I didn‘t get on with, again because it was far-fetched so I wasn‘t connected & didn‘t care about the characters. But I appreciate the issues may be too horrific to deal with straightforwardly.

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Centique
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I loved this. It starts like a really good police procedural - filled with sarcastic humour, so it was just my jam, and then it gets darker and Everett slowly subverts the genre he‘s chosen in order to shock the reader, to turn their assumptions on their head. Quite different for the Booker shortlist.
I won‘t say any more for fear of spoiling it, but a high recommendation from me.

vivastory I thought it was great. I'm looking forward to his new one 2y
BookwormM I loved this one as well 2y
TrishB Great review, I loved it too! 2y
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Centique @vivastory oh thanks for the heads up! I hadn‘t heard of that yet. 2y
jlhammar One of the best books I've read this year. So good! 2y
SamAnne Can't wait to start this one! 2y
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this too. 2y
batsy Nice review! I too thought it was different for a Booker shortlist. Quite radical & subversive. I've still only read two Everett books & have quite a bit of catching up to do 🙂 2y
Centique @TrishB @BarbaraBB thanks guys 😘 2y
Centique @batsy this was my first one so I have even more catching up to do! 🤪 2y
Reggie I have this and need to read it. I‘ve only read his Too Much Blue and loved it. Great review. 2y
Centique @Reggie I reckon you‘ll like this too and it‘s a really quick read. I am stacking Too Much Blue thank you! 2y
CarolynM Sounds good. Stacked. 2y
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Jolynne
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What a fascinating and humourous take on hate, racism, and police violence. The humor and wit are outstanding, especially considering the horrid history of America. Those few chapters on past presidents, so funny.
Quote from author that resonated with me because this book could surely be banned. “There‘s a reason that oppressive regimes often resort to burning book.”

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Aimeesue
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Great read. Yes, it's a satire involving lynching, but somehow it works, mostly by being so over the top that it's two steps removed from reality and the physical horror is tamped down. And honestly, the names are spectacularly funny - in response to the attacks, the President says ⬇️

Aimeesue "Make America great again. Something terrible is happening in our towns and on our streets. Good White Americans are being targeted for violence, killed like animals. I will put an end to it. Believe me. I am creating a new division in the Department of Justice, the People‘s Agency for Law Enforcement, to address these crimes." PALE. Of course it is. (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB Great quote. Such an impressive book!! 2y
batsy Such a great book with so many memorable lines/moments I'd forgotten PALE. Too good. 2y
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Aimeesue @batsy @BarbaraBB Because of the subject matter, I felt a little guilty at times laughing as hard as I did. It was an incredibly well-done book. Glad I read it! 2y
sarahbarnes Such a great book! 2y
kspenmoll My sister in law just gifted this to me Sounds intriguing. 2y
Aimeesue @kspenmoll I really, really liked it. Hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Aimeesue
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"Inside, the sheriff found Jethro washing his hands at the sink in the examination room. “Tull, you done?”"

I dearly hope Jethro finds a flute while investigating.?

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2y
Aimeesue @Ruthiella I'm SO glad someone got that. 😂 2y
Ruthiella I‘ve no doubt Everett did it on purpose. 😂 2y
Ruthiella P.S. Now I have 🎶Bungle in the Jungle🎵 in my head! 😜 2y
Aimeesue @Ruthiella Oh, I'm sure! 😂 2y
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Pinta
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Killer wry humor + a whole extra heapin of snark, on a serious subject. Racial reckoning. Comedic horror-gore. Outrageous outrage. “In the Heat of the Night.” Lynchings. Emmett Till. Naming the names. Broad & cartoonish= a tough approach to this material. Abrupt ending. Out-idioting the idiots is a special form of satire. P 243: “Do you think ghosts are showing up to kill rednecks all of a sudden?” Ed asked. “No,” Jim said. “I wish, but no.” 2021

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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! 2y
KT1432 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) 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Sounds a good recommendation. 2y
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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

Aimeesue I thought of Beaty, too 2y
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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.” 2y
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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 😆 2y
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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 👍🏻 2y
rockpools 😂😂 2y
AnneCecilie @Cathythoughts Thanks 😊 It‘s good to know that the Sheriff has his priorities right 2y
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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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11-22 Sep 22
#Bookerlonglist 5
Racist rednecks keep turning up murdered and mutilated. At each crime scene a small black body beaten 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).