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God's Country

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Written by Percival EverettAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Percival Everett
Introduction by Madison Smartt BellAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Madison Smartt Bell

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
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  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • On Sale: May 15, 2003
  • Price: $18.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8070-8363-5 (0-8070-8363-1)
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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 Garcia Marquez, 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