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Damned If I Do by Percival Everett

Damned If I Do by Percival Everett

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From the publisher:

‘Original and subtle, canny and soulful - full, too, of sublimely sardonic humour’

- The Guardian

‘A scandalously under-recognized contemporary master.’
The Wall Street Journal

‘Everett displays a intellectual dexterity and formal versatility that few contemporary American writers can match.’
Chicago Tribune

Damned If I Do follows on from 2020's Influx release of I Am Not Sidney Poitier.

An artist, a cop, a cowboy, several fly fishermen and even a reluctant romance novelist inhabit these revealing and often hilarious stories. An old man ends up in a high-speed chase with the cops after stealing the car that blocks the garbage bin at his apartment building. A stranger gets a job at a sandwich shop and fixes everything in sight: a manual mustard dispenser, a mouthful of crooked teeth, thirty-two parking tickets and a sexual identity problem.

Everett skewers race, class, identity, surrealism and much more in this exceptional work.

Published for the first time in the UK, Damned If I Do is a masterful short story collection from a genius of American storytelling. The book is introduced by critically acclaimed British author, Irenosen Okojie.