Watershed (Paperback)

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A classic of politics, murder, and espionage

"Watershed has all the makings of a social thriller...In this novel about water and the struggle for a life free of injustice, the mix doesn't just work, it flows." — Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio

"It’s hard . . . to imagine a novelist today with fresher eyes than Percival Everett."―Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune

     On a windswept landscape somewhere north of Denver, Robert Hawks, a feisty and dangerously curious hydrologist, finds himself enmeshed in a fight over Native American treaty rights. What begins for Robert as a peaceful fishing interlude ends in murder and the disclosure of government secrets. Everett mines history for this one, focusing on the relationship between Native American activists and Black Panther groups who bonded over their shared enemies in the 1960s Civil Rights movement.

     Watershed is an excellent example of Percival Everett’s famed bitingly political narrative style.

About the Author

Percival Everett is the author of over 30 books since his debut, Suder, was released in 1983. His modern classics include I Am Not Sidney PoitierSo Much BlueGlyph, and Trees. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at The University of Southern California. Everett was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2020 with his novel Telephone. He received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Critics Circle Awards 2022, and was awarded the PEN America Award for Dr. No in 2023.

Praise For…

Watershed has all the makings of a social thriller. Everett keeps the storytelling terse and intense, while at the same time broadening the scope of the book, moving into the history of US Indian treaty making and into the science behind the search for water and the pathos of reservation life. In this novel about water and the struggle for a life free of injustice, the mix doesn’t just work, it flows.”
—Alan Cheuse, NPR

“Precise and important, Watershed is a book about honesty, and how to live with dignity in the presence of betrayal. It is a story we need; it contains a code of action for the present and unfortunately for the near future. It is mercifully funny, as well.”
—Rick Bass, author of Where the Sea Used to Be

Praise for Percival Everett:

“Percival Everett has made a career out of flouting expectations.”
Los Angeles Times

“Funny, insightful, and unpredictable . . . Everett is a master of his trade.”
Time Out Chicago

“Everett’s talent is multifaceted, sparked by a satiric brilliance that could place him alongside Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison.”
Publishers Weekly

“Everett’s books are unfailingly intelligent and funny, formally bold and intellectually ambitious.”
LA Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780807016275
ISBN-10: 0807016276
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English