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Telephone

von Percival Everett

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"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, 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"--… (mehr)
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A very unique novel with two main themes. The main character is an African American Paleontology professor. who has two main issues in his life unrelated to his profession. First, his daughter has a rare illness that has the effects of dementia. Secondly, he gets notes in clothes he buys in the pockets asking for help. The book gets into human trafficking, and he feels obliged to help the sender. Both of these themes are developed fully making the acclaimed novel a National Book Award finalist. A quality author producing a quality work. ( )
  muddyboy | Dec 5, 2021 |
A rare miss from the Pulitzer fiction jury, in my opinion. While a few passages were extremely powerful, it didn't meet the standard I've become used to from the prize's finalists and winners. And the gimmick of slightly different passages in different copies suffers in comparison to the similar trick in How To Be Both. ( )
  alexrichman | Nov 17, 2021 |
"Some people are just no good at being happy. And by some people, I mean me."

Zach Wells, a geology professor, finds his life crumbling when his beloved daughter begins suffering from a mysterious illness. One day,as he puts on a shirt newly ordered from eBay, he finds stashed in a pocket a note seeking help. Thus begins his quest to find the note's author, and to see what he can do to help.

This book thoroughly engaged me. What Zach finds on his quest brings us right into today's headlines about human-trafficking, but in addition the book is a masterful exploration of grief and how we handle grief.

After finishing the book, I read on Amazon that there are 3 versions of the book, though I'm not sure how they differ, and I'm not sure which version I read. I won't be seeking other versions of this book to read, but I will be seeking other books by Percival Everett to read.

4 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | Aug 19, 2021 |
Zach Wells is a “geologist-paleobiologist” whose area of research is focused on a cave above the Colorado River called Naught’s Cave. Nothing cave. His undergraduate students are uninspiring. Even the one who’s hitting on him. His marriage is faltering. He’s concerned about a colleague who probably won’t get tenure. He’s been getting desperate messages in Spanish pinned into clothes he’s ordered from a particular seller on E-bay. And most horrifically, his twelve year-old daughter, the shining point in his life, is dying.

This is several stories in one and Zach has to navigate them all in unison. Percival Everett intertwines them in near perfect coordination. Life is not fair, sometimes not even good, but Zach tries his best in a flawed way and manages to salvage some bit of grace for himself and others. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jul 23, 2021 |
I really liked Everett’s So Much Blue so was looking forward to reading this. I really just thought it was okay. I didn’t like the father, Zach at all. I know he was dealing with his grief but how unlikeable to abandon his wife while his daughter is ill and then after she dies. And his trips to find the women are just too weird. A disjointed story for me but yet I’ll probably be thinking about it for awhile. ( )
  kayanelson | May 24, 2021 |
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"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, 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"--

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