Acts of Assumption

A Novel by S. W. Leicher

ISBN #978-1-940189-22-2
312 pages

The act of believing something or taking it for granted without proof.
The act of taking up a new position, possession, or burden.
The act of rising straight up into heaven.

Photo by Joyce Ravid


In America, we’re good at dividing ourselves into tribes–into “insiders” and “outsiders”–based on race, background and beliefs. But what happens when a person is an outsider within her own tribe?  Serach Gottesman, the mathematically-gifted eldest daughter of a rigidly Orthodox-Jewish Boro Park family and Paloma Rodriguez, the street-smart Bronx-bred daughter of a neglectful Latina immigrant mother, seek broader vistas within a relationship that is forbidden by both their communities.  Love provides them ballast, but they find that some cultural bonds grip tight and some wounds run deep.

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Acts of Assumption was a featured selection in the January 2019 issue of Foreword Review.
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“. . . The people and worlds in Acts Of Assumption are singular and universal at once, and vividly drawn. Leicher is a novelist to watch.” ~ SJ Rozan, Award-winning author of Ghost Hero

“In her debut novel, Leicher presents a sweeping tale of faith and family that explores the abiding love between two independent women. . . Readers will find joy in the passion and depth of their commitment.”. ~ Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

“[Acts of Assumption] is a rare book that can be read by everyone who wants to understand the richness of diversity in contemporary America. . . . Compulsively readable. I highly recommend this book.” ~ Dr. Rosa Gil, author of The Maria Paradox: How Latinas Can Merge Old World Traditions with New World Self-Esteem