Pairing the craft and dexterity of a poet with the ability to vividly bring unlikely characters to life, Annelies Verbeke takes a wry and curious look at the quirks and customs of human behaviour and relationships.
In fifteen separate but connected stories, Assumptions weaves a narrative that is as dizzyingly disorientating as it is uncannily familiar. A roll call of unexpected individuals disappear and reappear throughout this novel-in-stories, serving to remind readers that like the book’s protagonists, they too must suspend disbelief.
15 October, 2015
‘Highly intelligent and extremely funny’ —De Standaard
‘Verbeke is perfectly ruthless when it comes to her characters. She brings them to the front in all their defencelessness, and then, bang! The axe goes in.’ —De Volkskrant
‘A literary fenomenon’ —Trouw
‘She can write, as is testified by her debut novel on the hell of sleeplessness.’ —Het Nieuwsblad