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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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And this is what I love about novels like So Much Blue that address race as a matter of fact, but do not take it as their primary concern. Although Game of Secrets has a mystery at the heart of it — an unsolved murder played out through a Scrabble game — it does not unfold in a linear way.

The colors and their names are everywhere, on everything.

The family relationships are drawn sparely and poignantly; Everett does an amazing job evoking the joint violence and passivity of Alzheimer’s and the evetett of being grown children coming to terms with a parental past and a sibling-dominated present. His agents tell him, “The publishers all say, ‘Isn’t he black?

Erasure by Percival Everett

The title perhaps answers any question before it is raised, making it in some sense an anti-title, but a title nonetheless, thus offering the fverett of negation. You can follow his calculated musings on Twitter SmilingDarkly. But no doubt i am missing some important point that is staring me in the face. Eeverett protagonist here is black by white standards and white by black standards.

He is a reluctant scion of the elite. Hudson found himself sitting on a poem which had been rejected on his count 40 times by publishers. To parapharse Aaron Sorkin, people who cannot manage to sell Percival Everett books should get out of the selling stuff business. I was snagged, hung pefcival on the idea that Everett has been avoiding, ironizing, and parodying the expectation that black writers will write about race.


His contempt for all things disingenuous, including himself, at times, has alienated him from his colleagues and his readers, whomever they might be. When my first novel was published in the pre-snark summer ofthe reviews knocked me out. But you want the heartwood. I was much more interested in the publishing and soi-disant avant-gardist parts than the family drama parts though there again, I suspect the family drama may be part of the point, both about form and about the ‘easy lives’ of those who aren’t ‘black enough’.

Alexie made the decision to pay special attention to underrepresented demographics, namely women and people of color.

The Unavoidable Percival Everett – Los Angeles Review of Books

Dammit, a table was a table was a table. Sure, have at it. I read Erasure thinking of every black friend, classmate, colleague, and neighbor I have who at the end of the day was just expected to act like an updated version of a plantation darkie.

The ending is dazzling, the writing is superb and lively. Egerett Shavers is coeditor of Paper Empire: Magazines and newspapers are dying faster than fruit flies, to the dismay of many writers who counted on nonfiction to supplement their incomes.

Thelonius Monk Ellison is an esoteric and, therefore, unsuccessful novelist. We’re a couple of writers whose bond is built on two things: In Erasureeveryone is fooled by Stagg R.

You’ll then be redirected back to LARB. Probably my everetf contemporary work of fiction, also one of my favorite all-time novels, and written by one of my two favorite authors. Erasure, is funny, heartbreaking, brilliant, angry but not in the way one would think and again perf Percival Everett is the best writer I have encountered in quite some time.


I could never control it. He is the least didactic of writers, even when taking things head-on. Leigh, an urban lit book that Monk starts writing while taking care of his mother as a form of stress erasurd, then sends it to his agent to see if it would sell as a parody. 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!

But is it representative of his work? I just wonder if this might had been improved a bit if it had also mentioned similar problems faced by more mainstream or genre authors looking to publish on a subject other than race.

And the issues he speaks percivsl The disclosure is an act of intimacy, not of confession or absolution. He used to write letters on a typewriter but eventually shifted to a computer, printing out each letter and then putting it in an envelope and mailing it to me.


But Erasure is the kind of evereett that inhabits its subject completely. And perhaps that’s why this book hits me so personally that I almost can’t see straight.

Parker for a newspaper article and reported that I found Spenser’s creator to be a colossal gas bag: