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By Percival Everett

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ISBN 10: 0786888156
304 pages

Hailed by the New York Times as “both a treatise and a romp,” a bold and brilliant novel of a man coming to terms with himself.

Now in paperback, this provocative tale within a tale details the life of avant-garde novelist and college professor Thelonious “Monk” Ellison. Monk, frustrated with his dismal book sales, composes a fierce parody of exploitative ghetto literature entitled My Pafology, which is greeted by critics as the work of a great new voice and garners him the success that he covets. Monk’s impending struggle with his moral principles emerges as a revolutionary and riotous indictment of race and publishing in America.


“With equal measure of sympathy and satire, Erasure craftily addresses the highly charged issue of being ‘black enough’ in America.” —New York Times Book Review

“Everett’s books are unfailingly intelligent and funny, formally bold and intellectually ambitious.” —LA Weekly

“Everett’s talent is multifaceted, sparked by a satiric brilliance that could place him alongside Wright and Ellison as he skewers the conventions of racial and political correctness.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Everett writes with a sharp satirical voice predictable only in its provocation . . . A novelist we should definitely keep an eye on.” —Playboy

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