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When we meet Charles, an African-American man living in his family’s stately ancestral home on Long Island, he’s not only down on his luck but feeling altogether directionless. One afternoon Anniston Bennet, a small white man, shows up on his doorstep with an unusual request – to live in Charles’ basement for 65 days. For this Charles would be paid handsomely, and after some deliberation he agrees, but it isn’t long before he has reason to suspect that Anniston’s lodging request is a bit more complex and bizarre.

This was my first Mosley work, as he is primarily a writer of mysteries. Basement is a small book, making for a quick read, and I enjoyed it pretty well. The nature of the ending took me by surprise, although looking back I should have seen it – or something – coming.
posted Jul 7, 2008 at 8:35PM
double J said:
I just got started reading this book , but the first chapter hooked me in . I’ve enjoyed many books by Walter Mosley ,and this one seems to be going in my fav. list as well .
posted Nov 3, 2011 at 12:26PM
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main characters Charles Blakey
Male
Age: Young adult
African American
Financially strapped; socially inept; drinks too much; living in his family home.

Anniston Bennet
Male
White
Asks to rent Charles' basement for sixty-five days and $50,000.



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