Music for Torching by A. M. Homes

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As A.M. Homes's incendiary novel unfolds, the Kodacolor hues of the good life become nearly hallucinogenic.Laying bare th foundations of a marriage, flash frozen in the anxious entropy of a suburban subdivision, Paul and Elaine spin the quit terors of family life into a fantastical frenzy that careens out of control. From a strange and hilarious encounter with a Stepford Wife neighbor to an ill-conceived plan for a tattoo, to a sexy cop who shows up at all the wrong moments, to a housecleaning team in space suits, a mistress calling on a cell phone, and a hostage situationat a school, A.M. Homes creates characters so outrageously flawed and deeply human that thery are entriely believable.

 

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 October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Fiction

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Paul and Elaine Weiss have a very bad ten days in this newest by Homes (The End of Alice, 1996, etc.), who takes her penchant for extreme situations and behavior to the suburbs.

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A child enters a suburban grammar school with a gun and explosives strapped to his body; a SWAT team moves in; a boy is shot at close range. This creepy and all too familiar scenario appears at a pivo

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In a nondescript Leave-it-to-Beaveresque Westchester neighborhood, Elaine and Paul find their marriage and their lives at a standstill: Paul commutes to a vaguely sinister corporate job (""how do you make people think fat is good?"" asks his boss at one point) and enjoys weekly trysts with a neig...

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In ''Music for Torching,'' Paul Weiss has sex with Elaine (both are protagonists from Homes' 1990 collection, ''The Safety of Objects''), with the mother of his kid's friend, and with the whimsical girlfriend of a party guest.

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When she takes him to a run-down walk-up in New York City where a gay tattooist plies his trade, Paul meekly submits to getting a groin tattoo, which she finds sexy, he finds painful, and Elaine finds suspicious.

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Paul and Elaine have two boys and a beautiful home, yet they find themselves thoroughly, inexplicably stuck.

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Paul and Elaine have two boys and a beautiful home, yet they find themselves thoroughly, inexplicably stuck.

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