Percival Everett, one of the country’s most acclaimed and prolific “writer’s writers,” has just signed a deal for what is sure to be his highest profile novel yet. Titled James, this will be Everett’s 24th novel, and it is being pitched as “a harrowing and ferociously funny retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the enslaved Jim’s point of view.”
The book was sold at auction to Lee Boudreaux at Doubleday, in a major deal (valued at $500,000+), and is set to be published in March 2024. This marks a significant departure for Everett, who has been publishing almost exclusively through Minneapolis indie Graywolf Press for the past 25 years. Everett is a 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist, and his most famous works include Erasure, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, So Much Blue, and The Trees (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize last year).
We can’t wait to read this new book from Percival Everett—it’s sure to be an incredible experience!