The Water Cure:
by Percival Everett
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Percival Everett—author, academic, fly fisherman, woodworker, painter, and mule trainer—has a talent for militant irony that feeds on variety and extremes. Refreshingly profane, his novels have nimbly led such sacred cows as African-American studies and Native American reparations to the abattoir. In Erasure (2001), he gave us the down-and-out novelist Thelonius Ellison, who, fed up with being told his fiction isn't "black enough," writes a book called My Pafology—and promptly garners Oprah-sanctioned fame. Everett's new book takes on another worthy if easier target— George W. Bush's America—but this time he engages in stylistic overkill and undermines the novel's few salient merits with a morally suspect premise.
The Water Cure has been billed by its publisher as a novel that confronts "the dark legacy of the
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