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Assumption by Percival Everett
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Jan 12, 2012

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If you are seeking a novel with a definitive ending to the story, than expect to become disappointed by Assumption from writer Percival Everett. With bodacious characters and a thrilling narrative, this novel will haunt the reader long after its conclusion.

Assumption is a literary thriller consisting of three interconnecting stories, centering on the main character Ogden Walker. An Army veteran, Ogden serves as a deputy sheriff in New Mexico within the fictional bleak county of Plata. He is the product of an interracial marriage, with a Caucasian mother and an African-American father who, oddly enough, resented white people. Although aloof with a keen interest in fishing, Walker portrays a seemingly heroic disposition when a series of disappearances and murders arise in Plata, a county known for its small population and extremely low crime rates. However, true to the title, each story consists of a murder mystery that defies the conventional ideas of race, normality, and interpretation.

Author Percival Everett creates a brilliantly woven spellbinding novel full of mystery, adventure, and suspense. With a span of nearly twenty novels ranging in subject matter, Everett has gained noteworthy attention for his literary works. This is the first novel that I have read by Everett, and I was struck by his scholarly adroitness in creating such an admirable literary prose. Upon the conclusion of the book, I found myself re-reading previous sections, and researching the novel to ensure that I grasped its precise meaning. If you are a reader that appreciates a challenging read with a less straightforward approach to the themes in the novel, I highly recommend this book.
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