Quick Take: Percival Everett by Virgil Russell by Percival Everett

An aging father writes the novel he imagines his son would write

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Percival Everett’s books are always a shell game—explorations into identity, fiction, and deception. In this wild and ambitious work, an aging father writes the novel he imagines his son would write. Amid the indignities of growing old, the story within a story unfolds from two perspectives, with the inmates of Dad’s nursing home providing comic relief. Welcome to the hall of mirrors. (Graywolf Press, 256 pages, $15)

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