John Vercher is an American author who burst onto the scene with his debut novel, Three-Fifths. The book was the first release on Agora’s diversity focused imprint, Polis Books. Three-Fifths was named one of the best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune. While this was his debut novel, John has published fiction prior to this in Akashic Books’ flash fiction features Mondays are Murder and Fri-SciFi.

John lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their children, two sons. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. He would then attend the Mountainview Master of Fine Arts program where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing. In addition to writing fiction,John is a contributing writer for Cognoscenti which is the thoughts and opinions page of WBUR Boston. He has also written for Entropy Magazine and CrimeReads.

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Three-Fifths (2019)Description / Buy at
After the Lights Go Out (2022)Description / Buy at
Devil Is Fine (2024)Description / Buy at

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Three-Fifths tells the story of a biracial black man who is passing for white. He’s the son of a black man that he’s never known and a white mother that he prefers that he didn’t. When his friend is released from prison, he is forced to deal with some lies of his past and deal with the truth of his present. Bobby has always passed for white thanks to the bigoted grandfather who raised. He’s been hiding his true identity his entire life and that gets complicated when his best friend returns from prison as a white supremacist. Bobby’s whole world changes when he sees his friend assault a young black man with a brick. He begins to fear for his life and is desperate to keep his secret from his friend, even going so far as to help conceal the crime from the police. Bobby is doing his best to keep all of this under wraps until the day his father returns to town and his life.

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