By Percival Everett
(Hyperion, Paperback, 9780786888153, 288pp.)
Publication Date: October 2002
Hailed by the New York Times as "both a treatise and a romp," a bold and brilliant novel of a man coming to terms with himself.
Now in paperback, this provocative tale within a tale details the life of avant-garde novelist and college professor Thelonious "Monk" Ellison. Monk, frustrated with his dismal book sales, composes a fierce parody of exploitative ghetto literature entitled My Pafology, which is greeted by critics as the work of a great new voice and garners him the success that he covets. Monk's impending struggle with his moral principles emerges as a revolutionary and riotous indictment of race and publishing in America.