Marion Field was raised in Indiana by Southern parents who tried to ensure she spend all her summers in the often-unairconditioned Deep South. She was an editorial assistant at the OA, and she wrote the book review column Field Notes.
Stella’s hair is so wet from sweat that it doesn’t look blonde anymore, and the humidity has frizzed the tendrils out around her face. In the mirror across from the bed, we look like three sisters. The mirror has a glamour-shot effect, like all the mirrors in the house.
My favorite coat was made by my father's mother. It is gray like an overcast day, a dark, dirty-water gray, covered in rows of silver-dollar-sized circles, which remind me of cloud-covered suns. It's double-breasted, with slightly peaked lapels, and it belts at the waist. The hem brushes the backs of my knees.
Most people have not heard of Breece Pancake. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound when he was twenty-six and The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, was published several years after his death. The Stories—violent, haunting, and heartbreakingly beautiful—inspired Kurt Vonnegut to write John Casey that “As for Breece D’J Pancake: I give you my word of honor that he is merely the best writer, the most sincere writer I’ve ever read. What I suspect is that it hurt too much, was no fun at all to be that good. You and I will never know.”
“A lot of people leave Arkansas and most of them come back sooner or later. They can’t quite achieve escape velocity,” Charles Portis wrote in his third novel, The Dog of The South. Escape velocity is the projectile force required to send a bullet from a supergun (for instance) fast and far enough that it will break free of gravity and orbit around space rather than return to Earth.
This is where Assumption comes in. It is full of surprises. Everett, a Georgia-born, South Carolina-raised, California-based writer and professor known for his bedeviling literary intellectualism, has published more than twenty books since his first. They appear to be about something, but are nuanced and curious in ways that can’t be summed up in a dust-jacket blurb. That is to say, they aren’t just about something; they are about everything.