Erasure Erasure

Erasure

A Novel

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Publisher Description

Percival Everett's blistering satire about race and publishing, now adapted for the screen as the Academy Award-winning AMERICAN FICTION, directed by Cord Jefferson and starring Jeffrey Wright

Thelonious "Monk" Ellison's writing career has bottomed out: his latest manuscript has been rejected by seventeen publishers, which stings all the more because his previous novels have been "critically acclaimed." He seethes on the sidelines of the literary establishment as he watches the meteoric success of We's Lives in Da Ghetto, a first novel by a woman who once visited "some relatives in Harlem for a couple of days." Meanwhile, Monk struggles with real family tragedies—his aged mother is fast succumbing to Alzheimer's, and he still grapples with the reverberations of his father's suicide seven years before.

In his rage and despair, Monk dashes off a novel meant to be an indictment of Juanita Mae Jenkins's bestseller. He doesn't intend for My Pafology to be published, let alone taken seriously, but it is—under the pseudonym Stagg R. Leigh—and soon it becomes the Next Big Thing. How Monk deals with the personal and professional fallout galvanizes this audacious, hysterical, and quietly devastating novel.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2011
October 25
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Graywolf Press
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
7.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Amishman18 ,

Egads! This book is great

One of the best books I’ve read in quite awhile. Percival Everett is my new favorite author. He reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut. His satire has tremendous bite.

MeCooter ,

My Most Wonderful Discovery

I had never heard of Percival Everett until a few days ago and I’m glad I found him. Exceptional book and I am looking forward to reading more of his books.

carolartbeat ,

Invisible No More

A worthy successor to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the novel fleshes out the voids that Thelonius Monk leaves in his music. It shows the unfortunate fact that most people are more comfortable with a fictionalized stereotype than with complicated reality.

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