May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes
A Novel

78%

6 Critic Reviews

...you'd have to have no sense of the absurd, and no sense of humour, not to be pretty impressed.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction—A darkly comic novel of twenty-first-century domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation

Harold Silver has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother, George, a taller, smarter, and more successful high-flying TV executive, acquire a covetable wife, two kids, and a beautiful home in the suburbs of New York City. But Harry, a historian and Nixon scholar, also knows George has a murderous temper, and when George loses control the result is an act of violence so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives in which they both must seek absolution.

Harry finds himself suddenly playing parent to his brother’s two adolescent children, tumbling down the rabbit hole of Internet sex, dealing with aging parents who move through time like travelers on a fantastic voyage. As Harry builds a twenty-first-century family created by choice rather than biology, we become all the more aware of the ways in which our history, both personal and political, can become our destiny and either compel us to repeat our errors or be the catalyst for change.

May We Be Forgiven is an unnerving, funny tale of unexpected intimacies and of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together. 
 

About A. M. Homes

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A. M. HOMES is the author of the memoir The Mistress's Daughter and the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know. She lives in New York City
 
Published September 27, 2012 by Penguin Books. 484 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for May We Be Forgiven
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Garth Risk Hallberg on Nov 02 2012

The underlying problem here is style. Homes’s ambitions may have grown in the quarter-century since “The Safety of Objects” was published, but her default mode of narration remains mired in the minimalism of that era...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Theo Tait on Oct 19 2012

...you'd have to have no sense of the absurd, and no sense of humour, not to be pretty impressed.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by VIv Groskop on Oct 13 2012

AM Homes can't really be compared to any other writer; no one else is quite as dark and funny and elegant all at the same time.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Oct 11 2012

...she serves up an entertaining, old-fashioned American story about second chances.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Sep 27 2012

It may sound odd to say this about a book so angry and, at times, gloomy, but May We Be Forgiven is also both a deeply funny, and, finally, hopeful novel.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by John Freeman on Nov 02 2012

It is one of the strangest, most miraculous journeys in recent fiction, not unlike a man swimming home to his lonely house, one swimming pool at a time: it is act of desperation turned into one of grace.

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