Damned If I Do: Stories

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Graywolf Press, Nov 1, 2004 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Damned If I Do is an exceptional new collection of short stories by Percival Everett, author of the highly praised and wickedly funny novel Erasure


People are just naturally hopeful, a term my grandfather used to tell me was more than occasionally interchangeable with stupid.


A cop, a cowboy, several fly fishermen, and a reluctant romance novelist inhabit these revealing and often hilarious stories. An old man ends up in a high-speed car 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.


Percival Everett is a master storyteller who ingeniously addresses issues of race and prejudice by simultaneously satirizing and celebrating the human condition.

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Short story collection featuring African-American, Latino, and Native American protagonists. A little magical realism (the opening story is about a guy who can fix anything, where “anything” keeps ... Read full review

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User Review  - Awfki - LibraryThing

I LOVED the first story. The rest were good, worth reading, thought provoking in some cases, odd in others. The author frequently just jumps into the middle of someones life, gives us a little glimpse ... Read full review

Contents

The Fix
3
House
25
Alluvial Deposits
39
True Romance
61
Age Would Be That Does
79
The Appropriation of Cultures
91
Warm and Nicely Buried
105
The Devolution of Nuclear Associability
159
The Last Heat of Summer
165
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About the author (2004)

Percival Everett is the author of several books, including Erasure, Glyph, Frenzy, and Watershed. He is a professor of English at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

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