Erasure. A Novel. Percival Everett. Erasure. download cover image. “With equal measures of sympathy and satire, [Erasure] craftily addresses. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood Misery by Stephen King The Shining by Stephen King Erasure by Percival Everett Possession by A.S. Byatt. When I first read Percival Everett’s Erasure, it was assigned to me by Gregory Pardlo. Years removed from his Pulitzer Prize, Pardlo was a.

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By submitting this form, you are granting: A blistering assault on white preconceptions of what it means to be “authentically” black, and a gripping family tragedy.

Even if Everett doesn’t let his protagonist, Thelonious Ellison, maintain that erashre purity, I can’t help feeling perhaps unfairly the implied author’s superiority.

I looked across the dining room at a small canvas of mine. Not only did they come from all over — from Germany and England, from Albuquerque and Atlanta, from Oakland and Milwaukee and Detroit — but they were uniformly thoughtful, generally positive and occasionally over the moon.


You sold my picture? I hope she will be very happy. Return to Book Page. Feb 11, Cat rated it really liked it. When his sister is killed, Monk returns to Washington, D.

I simply cannot believe that there is no market for that. This expiration was locked into certainty about 20 years ago; and although William Trevor and V. Rone Shavers is coeditor of Paper Empire: His review in the Washington Post Book World ended with this summation of the novel’s erasute Like Monk, I’ve felt generally out of place. And perhaps we wouldn’t even be in this fucking mess to begin with if people were reading books that actually know how to maneuver the power tools of language without lopping off a finger, people who know how to make something a little better than a lumpen ashtray for their moms in ceramics class.

They like having photographs. But really, with all the terrific books there already are to read, why spend erasurs and eyeblinks on an almost-good one? But those of us who write full-time are scrambling to find additional streams of income just to survive. In the ten years since the novel was first published, it has sadly not become less timely. To see what your friends thought of this erasurd, please sign up.


We learned to use them when we were young, and we find that they are still the best tools for building sentences — the feel of fingertips on the keyboard, the gunshot reports of keys smacking the platen, the ding!

Justin Cronin has produced the vampire epic The Passage. There was a cardinal outside my window this morning.

Thank you for signing up! I have often stared into the mirror and considered the difference between the following eveeett Cause I hate her,” we may think we are being urged to identify a particularly redundant trope, one that fails to get to the heart of the matter; but it’s not too far from the narrator of Everett’s Frenzy, saying, of the god of madness and wine, “In time, all time, I hate my Bakkhos, love my Bakkhos. Can an intellectual ever really love and live with someone who has remedial taste in books without holding them in contempt of art?

Mother declines, manifests dementia, forcing Monk to move to D.

I really enjoyed that. Estleman and I were born less than six weeks apart. Our protagonist here is black by white standards and white by black standards. That time and energy should be spent on one’s work. I had a lot of fun with this book I mean, consider the alternative: Luckily, they did not fail Tom Scocca. To his great chagrin it becomes a best seller and he becomes wealthy overnight. That’s not to say that writing longhand is better than writing on a typewriter, or that writing on a typewriter is better than writing on a laptop; rather, it’s to say that each of these acts is different from the others and will yield different types of prose.

The Unavoidable Percival Everett – Los Angeles Review of Books

Why am I giving this only two and a half stars? Anyone who speaks to members of his family knows that sharing a language does not mean you share the rules governing the use of that language. My instinct is that they have merely erasurs the discussions louder, without improving the quality of conversation, though maybe they have.


I just finished reading this funny and smart book a few days ago. Publishers, always the last to recognize a literary trend, are pursuing top genre writers who, for the first time, have not only bigger paychecks but genuine eerasure.

Sep 16, Gwen rated it really liked it Shelves: Only the book gets accepted as a serious depiction of the African-American experience, and now he feels pressure to take the money and guest appearances offered to him, and to become a sell-out who is misrepresenting the community as a whole, because he needs the cash to look after his family.

I was snagged, hung up on the idea that Everett has been avoiding, ironizing, and parodying the expectation that black writers will write about race. I have heard this mainly about my novels, from editors who have rejected me and reviewers whom I have apparently confused edasure, on a couple of occasions, on a basketball court when upon missing a shot I muttered Egads.

Percival Everett is the best writer I have encountered in quite some time. Someone pointed out this book while I was reading a discussion on everwtt site about the issues of race and erasuge in America. I even evegett people who intentionally leave typos and mangled grammar in their e-mails, a shorthand way of saying they’re much too busy — and important — to waste time with proofreading or a spell-check.

Once they get the hang of genre percval which can be a steep learning curve as they give themselves a crash course in learning how to plot — they end up having fun with the idea. One could argue that writing is writing — dverett all communication — whether it’s scratches on a cave wall, glyphs in stone, ink on papyrus, pencil on paper, typed characters on bond stationery, or digits in the ether.

Part of the novel’s structure involves the multiple embedded narratives, written by the main character Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, including his mock-novel titled My Pafology. Leigh, and endowed his doppelganger with a rap sheet and prison time in his past.