The Trees

The Trees

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/10/2023
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Bookseller Reviews

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The Trees
Hot Fuzz meets JoJo Rabbit meets Get Out
A devious concoction of humour and tragedy, The Trees uses its flippancy to highlight the absurdity of racist thought and racist deed, and of a country ste... READ MORE
Colin
The Trees
Comically done, lightens the tension
Ritual murders are happening in Money, Mississipi involving a couple of rednecks being killed, also at the scene is a long dead cadaver of a black man. 2 b... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor

Synopsis

A Sunday Times Fiction Book of the Year
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
A Sunday Times Novel of the Year

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Percival Everett's The Trees is a powerful satire of revenge and racial justice in America.

'He makes a revenge fantasy into a comic horror masterpiece.’ – Los Angeles Times

When the rural town of Money, Mississippi is beset by a series of brutal murders, a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, only to be met with resistance from the local sheriff, his deputy, the coroner, and a mob of racist white townsfolk. This, they expect. Less predictable, however, is the second corpse which appears at each crime scene: that of a man resembling Emmett Till, the young Black boy lynched in the same town sixty-five years earlier.

As a spate of copycat killings spreads across the country, what begins as a murder investigation soon becomes a journey into the soul of America’s violent past.

‘Everett has mastered the movement between unspeakable terror and knock out comedy.’ - The New York Times

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781035036615
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 244g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 141 x 23 mm

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The Trees
The Trees -
This is black humour in every sense of the word.... But such black humour as will change your life. A detective novel (some of it very Mr Tibbs) that m... READ MORE
Annette Marshall
The Trees
Wow - what a blast!
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as I have never read any of Percival Everett's previous books, and I only bought it after hearing a recommendat... READ MORE
Lee Robins
The Trees
Wow! What a ride!
I wanted to read 'James' ,having read goodreviews, but before that wanted to get a taste of this author as I knew nothing of him. This book blew me away. T... READ MORE
Lynn Grant