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A.M. Homes’ “May We Be Forgiven”

A.M. Homes’ newest novel is the story of a family crisis and the rebuilding of a life. When Harry’s brother commits a tragic murder, Harry is left to care for his niece and nephew with the rudimentary skills of a man who never quite grew up. On surface, perhaps, Harry’s life appears successful, steadfast. But infidelity, the break-up of his marriage and the loss of his job all demonstrate how tenuous his grasp of reality was. Harry is a man living with his head down, watching his feet as he plods through life, who is suddenly forced to reexamine everything he has pegged his life on so far. Homes is an astute observer of the world we live in today. Harry’s self-discovery takes us through the strange and intimate world of sex in an isolated society, shows us what it means to be parents and children, and examines our place as Americans in the larger story of the world.  Continue reading

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