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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

May We Be Forgiven

Holy hell, what an amazing piece of work. I was hooked on A.M. Homes' May We Be Forgiven before I even finished the first chapter. Let's not waste time and get right to it.

Harold Silver finds himself in quite a pickle when his better looking and more successful brother George loses his mind, plows through a red light, and kills a family. Harold finds himself with custody of George's two teenage children, and while they are away at boarding school Harold comes undone between discovering anonymous sex through internet chat rooms, aging relatives who need more emotional care than physical, and this sudden new family that he must take on while his brother is in the loony bin. It's a sweeping modern epic for sure.

I rarely curse on this blog because it needs to be reserved for times when a bad word packs a punch and clearly describes something. This is that time. This book was a mindf#*&.

Part of this is Homes' story and part of this is her style of writing. She writes in winding sentences that melt into paragraphs that are unusual and addicting. It's as if you are watching a television show that is actually a train wreck that you can see coming a mile away but you can't take your eyes off the screen. Harold is a sympathetic character, even as he makes horrible life decisions that cause great anguish in those he loves.

Homes writes in color and she writes with a loose conviction that pulled me back even when I wanted to put the book down. At times I felt as though I were on a date where I knew the guy was putting me on but I couldn't stop listening to him weave his tale.

It was good. Very good.

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