Wounded (Magill's Literary Annual 2006)
One of a number of novels that reflect Percival Everett’s interest in the culture of the American West, Wounded focuses on one man’s rediscovery of himself as a result of his reengagement in the lives of others. Cut off from the larger world in part because of geographical distance (his ranch is thirty miles from the nearest town), in part because of race (he is one of very few African Americans in the rural West), and in part because of the psychological and emotional walls that he has built around himself since the death of his wife Susie six years earlier, John Hunt must redirect the course of his life when he is forced to respond to events in the local community.
First, he answers a call from the local sheriff to visit in jail Wallace Castlebury, an apparently aimless, friendless young man “dumber than a bucket of hair.” A hired hand on John’s ranch, Castlebury is accused of the brutal murder of a gay college student, an apparently senseless crime reminiscent of the real-life murder of University of Wyoming undergraduate Matthew Shepard in 1998. Shepard’s deathhe was savagely beaten and left to die in freezing temperatures along a rural roadfocused international attention on the issue of hate crimes in the United States and provided the subject for the play The Laramie Project (2000) by American dramatist Moises...
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