by Percival Everett

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Suder, Percival Everett’s acclaimed first novel, follows the exploits and ordeals of Craig Suder, a struggling black third baseman for the Seattle Mariners. In the midst of a humiliating career slump and difficulties with his demanding wife and troubled son, Suder packs up his saxophone, phonograph, and Charlie Parker’s Ornithology and begins a personal crusade for independence, freedom, and contentment. This ambitious quest takes Suder on a series of madcap adventures involving cocaine smugglers, an elephant named Renoir, and a young runaway, but the journey also forces him to reflect on bygone times. Deftly alternating between the past and the present, Everett tenderly reveals the rural South of Suder’s childhood—the withdrawn father; the unhinged, protective mother; the detached, lustful brother; and the jazz pianist who teaches Suder to take chances. And risk it all he finally does: Suder’s travels culminate in the fulfillment of his most fanciful childhood dream. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941088968
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 897,112
File size: 566 KB

About the Author

Percival Everett is the author of several novels, including Glyph, Frenzy, and God’s Country; two story collections; and a children’s book. Raised in Columbia, South Carolina, he now lives in Moreno Valley, California. He is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and an accomplished painter.

“A mad work of comic genius, combining symbols and myths from ancients and moderns, white culture and black, juxtaposing heartbreaks with farce to make up a narrative that has never, never been told before.”—Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[A] marvelous first novel.”—New York Times Book Review

“Very funny—sometimes excruciatingly so.”—Publishers Weekly

“Who could meld baseball and jazz with the most wistful male myth of all—the Icarus myth—remembering that Daedalus really did do it: He flew.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

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