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So Much Blue: A Novel Paperback – June 13, 2017
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“By turns funny, shocking and heartbreaking, it’s one of his best books to date. And with a career as distinguished as Everett’s, that's saying something. . . . It’s not surprising that So Much Blue is such a perfectly structured novel; Everett is an author who started his career off strong and just keeps getting better. It’s a generous, thrilling book by a man who might well be America’s most under-recognized literary master, and readers will be thinking about it long after the last page.”―NPR.org
“Writing in straightforward, seemingly effortless prose, Everett . . . creates suspense by subtly withholding information. . . . Captivating and pleasurable, especially those pages devoted to El Salvador, So Much Blue is a ‘coming of middle-age’ story worth gazing into.”―Los Angeles Times
“Three stories, scattered across time, fuse into one stunning tale in Percival Everett’s latest novel. Each individual strand of So Much Blue has a page-turning urgency of its own ― but taken together they add up to a masterpiece.”―Boston Globe
“This quiet, wise novel is like a flame: illuminating, and cool blue at the core.”―The Village Voice
“Tightly wound and slow-burning. . . . Americans dabbling in politics, drugs, bloodsport south of the border; an American indulging in faithless love in Paris; class posturing among Americans in Rhode Island ― Everett has blended these disparate strands of an imagined life into a quietly beguiling novel. That he’s constructed it on an edifice of clichés, sanded down and transformed into combustive elements, is a sign of his mastery of the form.”―New York Magazine
“In Everett’s eloquent telling, art and life are . . . beautiful and rare, and the source of myriad choices.”―Houston Chronicle
“[So Much Blue is] essential for understanding [Percival Everett’s] multifaceted career, and it might also be key to recognizing a new form of literary social critique. . . . The process of piecing together this shattered triptych may yield a rich reward.”―The Nation
“It is a testament to Percival Everett’s enormous talent that . . . So Much Blue does succeed in meshing its wildly different parts into a whole. . . . Everett brings something to the contemporary American novel that is . . . sorely missing: utter fearlessness in placing demands upon a reader combined with real compassion for ordinary people. . . . [H]e possesses . . . an extraordinarily deft capacity for rendering human foibles without contempt.”―n+1
“Engrossing. . . . [Percival Everett’s] deft plotting and wry wit sustain multiple levels of intrigue, not only about how each of the subplots resolves itself, but how they all fit together.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Art, friendship, family, and sex all jostle for priority of focus in the prolific Everett’s contemplative new novel. . . . [An] intellectually provocative work.”―Publishers Weekly
“Finely executed. . . . Literary chameleon [Percival] Everett can veer from wicked cultural satire (Erasure, one of the most inventive novels of this young century) to absurdism to action fiction, this centrist work will surely appeal to Everett readers, and its self-reflective realism should bring in some news ones as well.”―Library Journal
“In his always insightful style, Everett offers a portrait of a man sensitive to the slightest nuance of color and composition but often oblivious to the complexities and subtleties of human relationships, a man struggling to unite the pieces of himself into a harmonious whole, a man worthy of love and family.”―Booklist
About the Author
Percival Everett is the author of nearly thirty books, including Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Erasure, and I Am Not Sidney Poitier. He has received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Percival does a masterful job of tying all this together into a cohesive novel that sizzles with plot, pacing and pulse. The great thing about So Much Blue are these pieces seemingly separate, all fit together and even gives light to the title. And Kevin’s thoughts on all these themes are so on point. I appreciate the fact that Percival allows us inside of Kevin’s head to clearly illuminate his thinking. It is vital to the success of this novel that it is written that way, rather than just writing the action. Kevin spends time contemplating his missteps and mistakes with realistic adult reflections. Why am I here in El Salvador? What am I doing with this young woman in Paris? Why does my home life feel disjointed and how much of the disconnection is my fault? All good questions that wrap around the action of the novel.
Kevin is working on a painting in his studio on his property that he refuses to let anyone see including his wife, for fear that may ruin it, he doesn’t even name it invoking the same fear of ruin. "One reason I will never let my children see the painting is that they might try to name it and so ruin it and everything. I will not let my wife see it because she will become jealous and that will ruin it and everything." The painting kind of sums up his life and all that he has experienced, and keen readers will not be surprised at all by the named painting at novel’s end. A must read for sure.
Mr. Everett has the same birthday as my father. When to Brown University - in Rhode Island - where I live. I like the blues (music) so, when I saw this title I clicked on it, and although it isn't a crazy action thriller, it is reflective and, might I say, graceful. I have written four novels, and I am trying to get an editor to hack out the parts that no one will like, whereas I liked 99% of the words that PE has chosen to enter into his book.