People are just naturally hopeful, a term my grandfather used to tell me was more than occasionally interchangeable with stupid.
An artist, a cop, a cowboy, several fly-fisherman, and even a reluctant romance novelist inhabit these revealing and often hilarious stories. Two men are faced with a horse who is wildly afraid of the dark. 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 mouth full of crooked teeth, thirty-twoparking tickets, and a sexual identity problem.
The author of several critically acclaimed works of fiction, most recently Erasure, Percival Everett is a master storyteller who ingeniously addresses issues of race and prejudice by simultaneously satirizing and celebrating the human condition.