Nominated by:

Hartford Public Library, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Graywolf Press, USA


Percival Everett      

2013 Longlist

Ogden Walker, deputy sheriff of a small New Mexico town, is on the trail of an old woman’s murderer. But at the crime scene, his are the only footprints leading up to and away from her door. Something is amiss, and even his mother knows it. As other cases pile up, Ogden gives chase, pursuing flimsy leads for even flimsier reasons. Ogden’s hunt leads him from the seamier side of Denver to a hippie commune as he seeks for the puzzling solution.

In Assumption, his follow-up to the wickedly funny I Am Not Sidney Poitier, Percival Everett is in top form as he once again upends our expectations about characters, plot, race, and meaning. A wild ride to the heart of a baffling mystery, Assumption is a literary thriller like no other.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Percival Everett is a professor of English at the University of Southern California and the author of sixteen books, including Wounded, American Desert, Erasure, and Glyph. He lives in L.A. and British Columbia.

Librarian’s Comments

Everett continuously challenges our every assumption about and expectation of literature.

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