The Trees: A Novel

Written by:
Percival Everett
Narrated by:
William Andrew Quinn

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2022
7 hours 43 minutes
An uncanny literary thriller addressing the painful legacy of lynching in the US, by the author of Telephone

Percival Everett's The Trees is a must-listen that opens with a series of brutal murders in the rural town of Money, Mississippi. When a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, they meet expected resistance from the local sheriff, his deputy, the coroner, and a string of racist white townsfolk. The murders present a puzzle, for at each crime scene there is a second dead body: that of a man who resembles Emmett Till.

The detectives suspect that these are killings of retribution, but soon discover that eerily similar murders are taking place all over the country. Something truly strange is afoot. As the bodies pile up, the MBI detectives seek answers from a local root doctor who has been documenting every lynching in the country for years, uncovering a history that refuses to be buried. In this bold, provocative book, Everett takes direct aim at racism and police violence. The Trees is an enormously powerful novel of lasting importance from an author with his finger on America's pulse.
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My book club and I loved this book. It is complex and unsettling, as well as raucous and funny if read through an ironic lens. Someone said it should be a movie directed by Jordan Peel which seems just about perfect. It may trouble some people, and, like, it seems though that is what it’s supposed to do. I recommend this boom if you are ready for hidden humor mixed with racial reckoning.

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Judy P.

I love the concept but I just couldn’t get into it much. The middle part was really good but then I lost interest in it. The narrator was excellent. It’s kind of gory in places and the language will make you shudder. It’s based on history. To think that the racism still exists to this day makes you think “how far have we really gone?”

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