This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes

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Since her debut in 1989, A. M. Homes has been among the boldest and most original voices of her generation, acclaimed for the psychological accuracy and unnerving emotional intensity of her storytelling. Her ability to explore how extraordinary the ordinary can be is at the heart of her touching and funny new novel, her first in six years. This Book Will Save Your Life is a vivid, uplifting, and revealing story about compassion, transformation, and what can happen if you are willing to lose yourself and open up to the world around you.
 

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 April 3, 2007 by Penguin Books. 396 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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In the book’s “Orientation,” Strauss — a former New York Times critic and the author of the best-selling book “The Game: Penetrating the Secret World of Pickup Artists” — throws down a kind of warning to potential critics.

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The New York Times

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A. M. Homes's dreadful new novel reads like a cartoon illustration for a seminar on men and middle age.

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The New York Times

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The hero of A. M. Homes's Hollywood satire devotes himself to solving others' problems.

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The Guardian

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Despite the fact that really very little happens, Richard's story - and AM Homes's surreal tone - is overtly cinematic: Richard is reminiscent of Bill Murray's character in Broken Flowers (the lonely entrepreneur who discovers he fathered a child 18 years ago but has no idea even who the mother is).

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The Guardian

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She captures the enchantment of generosity - that sense of adventure you get when you step out of your own circle of need into someone else's, and the weird feeling of invulnerability it gives you (at one point Richard ends up in a high-speed car chase with some kidnappers).

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The Guardian

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This Book Will Save Your Life by AM Homes Granta, £14.99, pp352 It is hard to resist reading AM Homes when her cover blurbs are so awe-inspiring.

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The Guardian

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This Book Will Save Your Life by AM Homes 372pp, Granta, £14.99 The online community Join Me has a rule called the "good fridays agreement", which orders every joinee to perform a random act of kindness every Friday.

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Publishers Weekly

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Determined to change his life, but also stalked by strange circumstances (e.g., a sinkhole opens in his lawn), Richard makes extravagant gestures of goodwill toward various acquaintances, relatives and strangers.

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NPR

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We mistake almost anything for a relationship, a community of sorts, and yet, when we are with our families, in our communities, we are clueless, we short-circuit ..."Harold is left with no choice but to build his own community from the ruins of his previous life — he rejects the new reality in w...

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The Bookbag

You can read more book reviews and buy The Mistress's Daughter by A M Homes at Amazon Reviews of other books by A M Homes This Book Will Save Your Life

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The Bookbag

Summary: A tale of a rich man coming back to life to become a Nice Person in Los Angeles;

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PopMatters

In any city except Los Angeles such characters grouped together might seem ridiculous, yet one of the ways in which this city undermines fiction is that it defies all attempts to invent the improbable.

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We Love This Book

Although you may not expect it, after all that action, this story turns out to become a quiet tender, heart warming tale of finding love, happiness and acceptance in the places we may least expect it.

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London Review of Books

The city is the setting for This Book Will Save Your Life as well as her most recent short-story collection, the superlative Things You Should Know (2002), and a collection of essays entitled Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill, which she worked on while living at the Chateau M...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Gail Caldwell Los Angeles Times 1.5 of 5 Stars "[T]he novel reads as a sort of inside joke for former New Yorkers who used to live between West 66th and 86th streets and L.A.

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Monsters and Critics

Richard Novak is functionally dead and doesn\'t even notice until two incidents conspire to hurl him back into the world in this novel about compassion, transformation, and what can happen if one is open to the world.

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Project MUSE

Richard saves the only copy of the novelist's manuscript, a novel about "transformation," and floats along with it in the vast Pacific in the end.

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San Francisco Chronicle review by Ann Cummins.

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http://mostlyfiction.com

Homes will probably never know the whole story of Ellen’s past, but in many ways The Mistress’s Daughter is a story we all share--we only know as much of our parents as they are willing to reveal, and while some men made adequate sperm donors, they make lousy, pathetic excuses for fathers.

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