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.