Thursday, January 17, 2013

Best Book of the Year

Homes, A M. May We Be Forgiven. New York: Viking, 2012. Print. 

I started this book in the A.M., finished in the P.M., and couldn’t sleep all night. Ms. Homes just gets better and better.Gary Shteyngart

This novel starts at maximum force -- and then it really gets going. I can't remember when I last read a novel of such narrative intensity; an unflinching account of a catastrophic, violent, black-comic, transformative year in the history of one broken American family. Flat-out amazing.
                                                                                                          —Salman Rushdie

A.M. Homes has long been one of our most important and original writers of fiction. May We Be Forgiven is her most ambitious as well as her most accessible novel to date; sex and violence invade the routines of suburban domestic life in a way that reminded me of The World According to Garp, although in the end it’s a thoroughly original work of imagination.  –Jay McInerney

If you like Wally Lamb, John Irving, Anna Quindlen, and Armistead Maupin, you will love May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes. For detailed descriptions of the book (and a few spoilers), read these reviews: