May We Be Forgiven is one of the novels of our time and A. M. Homes is an exciting author. Homes is one of my friends’ favourite author, and she has been telling me to read her for a long time. I finally understood why she had suggested her so much.
As soon as I started the book, I left the first sixty pages behind. And clearly, I was a little stunned by surprise. Things developed so quickly that before I could catch up with it, a few characters were out of the book and new ones had arrived.
May We Be Forgiven is a story that immediately catches your attention. Sometimes you will see yourself in the story, sometimes you will watch it from afar, but you will not be able to put it aside no matter what.
Harold Silver will undergo the most significant change in his life before your eyes, and he will become a favourite character. You will be amazed by some characters, and you will hate others. Sometimes, even if you cannot give much meaning to what happened, you will not mind. While reading the book, I did not understand how six hundred pages flew away. If you want to be distracted, get away from real life and are looking for good fiction, I recommend it. Enjoy!
May We Be Forgiven
Harry is a Richard Nixon scholar who leads a quiet, regular life; his brother George is a high-flying TV producer, with a murderous temper. They have been uneasy rivals since childhood. Then one day George loses control so extravagantly that he precipitates Harry into an entirely new life.
In May We Be Forgiven, Homes gives us a darkly comic look at 21st-century domestic life – at individual lives spiralling out of control, bound together by family and history. The cast of characters experience adultery, accidents, divorce, and death. But this is also a savage and dizzyingly inventive vision of contemporary America, whose dark heart Homes penetrates like no other writer – the strange jargons of its language, its passive-aggressive institutions, its inhabitants’ desperate craving for intimacy and their pushing it away with litigation, technology, paranoia.
At the novel’s heart are the spaces in between, where the modern family comes together to re-form itself. May We Be Forgiven explores contemporary orphans losing and finding themselves anew; and it speaks above all to the power of personal transformation – simultaneously terrifying and inspiring.
Amy M. Homes is an American writer best known for her controversial novels and unusual short stories, which feature extreme situations and characters. Notably, her novel The End of Alice is about a convicted child molester and so murderer.
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