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Kevin Pace is working on a painting that he won’t allow anyone to see: not his children; not his best friend, Richard; not even his wife, Linda. The painting is a canvas of twelve feet by twenty-one feet (and three inches) that is covered entirely in shades of blue. It may be his masterpiece or it may not; he doesn’t know or, more accurately, doesn’t care.
What Kevin does care about are the events of the past. Ten years ago he had an affair with a young watercolorist in Paris. Kevin relates this event with a dispassionate air, even a bit of puzzlement. It’s not clear to him why he had the affair, but he can’t let it go. In the more distant past of the late seventies, Kevin and Richard traveled to El Salvador on the verge of war to retrieve Richard’s drug-dealing brother, who had gone missing without explanation. As the events of the past intersect with the present, Kevin struggles to justify the sacrifices he’s made for his art and the secrets he’s kept from his wife.
So Much Blue features Percival Everett at his best, and his deadpan humor and insightful commentary about the artistic life culminate in a brilliantly readable new novel.
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July 10, 2017
Percival Everett has a new fan. "So much Blue" is a lean novel with much depth behind it. There are three threads in this novel, and all three are nearly perfect. The El Salvador thread keeps the pace of the novel up while the Paris and Home threads study the impact our secrets, even the loosely...
September 05, 2017
My first Percival Everett novel and I would like more, please.
My full review is available here. An excerpt:
In So Much Blue we have a muted, sober rendering of what seems to be a cliché: that of the financially well-off bourgeois artist coming to terms with his life in his 50s. It’s not an easy no...
June 20, 2017
Kevin Pace is a well-known painter, an absent-minded father, and he is so much more: a philanderer and a drunk because above all, Kevin Pace has secrets. In So Much Blue, Percival Everett has captured the color of art along with the verdant strokes of life in a war-torn El Salvador, the romantic...
April 01, 2017
What makes a masterpiece? In a career as prolific, eclectic and adventurous as Percival Everett's, his body of work the very definition of singularity, it may even be foolish to hint one book is superior to another. And while it might be brazen to assert So Much Blue may be that magnum opus, it i...
June 30, 2017
This novel addresses how difficult to define, and how elusive, are both love and colors. Following stories from three different episodes in the narrator's life, it also makes the case that it is possible for men to grow up even after they hit 50, which perhaps explains some of my enthusiasm. But...
September 04, 2017
Very well written
June 27, 2017
From the opening pages, Percival Everett's So Much Blue is very much the cliché you hope it will not be. The artist, past the peak in his life and career, putting his all into one last great work. He wonders if it is his masterpiece, hoping no one ever lays eyes on it. The artist, reflecting back...
July 21, 2017
Percival Everett is one of the best with a pen in his hand or his fingers on the keyboard. And this So Much Blue is another fine example of his appealing prose and engaging humor. He almost has three novels going at once in this book, although they are just three different periods in the life of...
August 17, 2017
This was a good, diverting book from my usual preferences -- an impulse read from the library that I don't regret. It is a tale of secrets and regrets and their impact on one's life even decades from their inception. The story is narrated and features Kevin Pace, a painter who has a secret work w...
September 07, 2017
The book starts off with a brief but interesting meditation on the word dimension, as per the view of the painter main character. But beyond that the book quickly moves away from the stylistic radicalism of Everett's earlier works like "Glyph" and "Erasure" and settles down into intercutting 3 di...