November 29, 2021 8:16 AM EST

One of America’s too-often overlooked novelists, Percival Everett has written one of his best books yet. The Trees is a devastating, often sardonic story about a series of murders in Money, Miss., the town where Emmett Till was killed. At each murder site, the detectives on the case find something both shocking and familiar: a body that resembles Till’s. In this coruscating look at American history, Everett expertly tells the blood-drenched story of white supremacy.

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