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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.

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Weight0.8 lbs
Dimensions8.3 × 5.5 × 0.8 in
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October 25, 2011








Graywolf Press

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1 review for Erasure

  1. Raymond Williams

    rtw0613 (verified owner)

    This is the second book I read by Percival Everett, after The Trees. Erasure is a satirical novel on publishing as a Black author in a world that mostly values stereotypical Black trauma and underprivileged stories. I enjoyed reading the book, I liked the characters, especially Monk and his family. Monk’s family dynamic was interesting. I laughed out loud at Monk’s My Pafology novel within the novel. Overall, Erasure was good but I wish it had a better ending. I watched Erasure’s film adaptation, American Fiction, and enjoyed it too, although I wished some plot points from the novel were included in the film.

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