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May We Be Forgiven: A Novel
by A. M. Homes

Published: 2012-09-27
Hardcover : 480 pages
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Winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction?A darkly comic novel of twenty-first-century domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation

Harold Silver has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother, George, a taller, smarter, and more successful high-flying TV ...
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Winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction?A darkly comic novel of twenty-first-century domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation

Harold Silver has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother, George, a taller, smarter, and more successful high-flying TV executive, acquire a covetable wife, two kids, and a beautiful home in the suburbs of New York City. But Harry, a historian and Nixon scholar, also knows George has a murderous temper, and when George loses control the result is an act of violence so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives in which they both must seek absolution.

Harry finds himself suddenly playing parent to his brother’s two adolescent children, tumbling down the rabbit hole of Internet sex, dealing with aging parents who move through time like travelers on a fantastic voyage. As Harry builds a twenty-first-century family created by choice rather than biology, we become all the more aware of the ways in which our history, both personal and political, can become our destiny and either compel us to repeat our errors or be the catalyst for change.

May We Be Forgiven is an unnerving, funny tale of unexpected intimacies and of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together. 
 

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by cookie57 (see profile) 07/06/17

 
  "It takes the bumpy road of life in new directions!"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 03/19/14

The book seems to be written as one very long conversation with Harry Silver, or perhaps, as if the reader is a voyeur, looking over Harry’s shoulder as he writes in his diary. Ordinary, e... (read more)

 
  "May we be forgiven"by gailgk (see profile) 03/08/14

A lot happens in this book in a span of a year. Most of the characters do horrible, stupid, unbelievable things.

 
  "Great Book Club Pic"by jenladuca (see profile) 06/25/13

My book club chose this for the month of June. I was hesitant when I first started as the writing style was very different than what I am used too but before long I was hooked!! The most hilarious, ridiculous,... (read more)

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