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God's Country

ISBN-10: 0807083631

ISBN-13: 9780807083635

Edition: 2nd 2003

Authors: Percival Everett, Madison Smartt Bell

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For the first time in paperback, Everetts "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. Its 1871, and hes 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. Gods Country is like no western Ive 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 Gods 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.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 5/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Madison Smartt Bell was born and raised in Tennessee; he studied at Princeton University and Hollins College. He has taught in a variety of capacities, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, the University of Southern Maine, Goucher College, and as a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Much of his writing, which reflects a concern with race relations, has been critically acclaimed. Bell was awarded the 1989 Lillian Smith Award for Soldier's Joy. His 1996 historical novel All Soul's Rising was nominated for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. All Soul's Rising, which depicts the slave uprising in Haiti in the late eighteenth century, also led to his selection to the Granta's list of Best Young American Novelists. His books include The Washington Square Ensemble (1983), Waiting for the End of the World (1985), Straight Cut (1986), The Year of Silence (1987), Zero dB (1987), Soldier's Joy (1989), Barking Man (1990), Doctor Sleep (1991), Save Me, Joe Lewis (1993), and All Soul's Rising (1996). His short stories have been frequently anthologized, including selection for the annual Best American Short Stories for 1984, 1987, 1989, and 1990. Bell teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.