Cover image of Devil is Fine by John Vercher

Join a new fiction book club at Books Inc. Alameda for book discussions and friendly faces! 

Our first meeting is July 30th at 6:30, and we will be discussing Devil is Fine by John Vercher.

From acclaimed novelist John Vercher, a profoundly moving novel of what it means to be a father, a son, a writer, and a biracial American fighting to reconcile the past.

Reeling from the sudden death of his teenage son, our narrator receives a letter from an attorney: he has just inherited a plot of land from his estranged grandfather. He travels to a beach town several hours south of his home with the intention of immediately selling the land. But upon inspection, what lies beneath the dirt is much more than he can process in the throes of grief. As a biracial Black man struggling with the many facets of his identity, he’s now the owner of a former plantation, passed down by the men on his white mother’s side.

Vercher deftly blurs the lines between real and imagined, past and present, tragedy and humor, and fathers and sons in this story of discovery—and a fight for reclamation–of a painful past. With the wit of Paul Beatty’s The Sellout and the nuance of Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, Devil Is Fine is a darkly funny and brilliantly-crafted dissection of the legacies we leave behind, and those we inherit.



Event date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Alameda
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA
Devil Is Fine: A Novel By John Vercher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250894489
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Published: Celadon Books - June 18th, 2024