Fiction Book Club: "Telephone" by Percival Everett

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. For questions about this book club, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss Telephone by Percival Everett on Tuesday, April 9th, 2023 at 7:30pm.

An astonishing new novel of loss and grief from "one of our culture's preeminent novelists" (Los Angeles Times) Finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

Zach Wells is a perpetually dissatisfied geologist-slash-paleobiologist. Expert in a very narrow area--the geological history of a cave forty-four meters above the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon--he is a laconic man who plays chess with his daughter, trades puns with his wife while she does yoga, and dodges committee work at the college where he teaches.

After a field trip to the desert yields nothing more than a colleague with a tenure problem and a student with an unwelcome crush on him, Wells returns home to find his world crumbling. His daughter has lost her edge at chess, she has developed mysterious eye problems, and her memory has lost its grasp. Powerless in the face of his daughter's slow deterioration, he finds a mysterious note asking for help tucked into the pocket of a jacket he's ordered off eBay. Desperate for someone to save, he sets off to New Mexico in secret on a quixotic rescue mission.

A deeply affecting story about the lengths to which loss and grief will drive us, Telephone is a Percival Everett novel we should have seen coming all along, one that will shake you to the core as it asks questions about the power of narrative to save.

Percival Everett is the author of more than twenty books. He is the recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. He teaches at the University of Southern California and lives outside Los Angeles.

 

 

Telephone: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781644450222
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2020

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657