Rebecca’s January Recommendation

May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes

may we be forgiven“This novel is a very dark tragicomedy centering around a family in the setting of New York’s Westchester County.  While the events that take place over this 480 page novel occur in a single year, they can only be described as absurdly epic.  To any readers interested in this novel, be warned: many awful events happen in the first hundred pages, and it is hard to find any sympathy for the people the events happen to.  However, A.M. Homes’s combination of humor, pathos, wit, and belief in human redemption make a wonderfully told story about a group of people struggling to be heard and understood in modern society.  The Book List Review does a great job summing up the heart of this book: ‘In this frenetic, insightful, and complexly moral novel of a man transformed by crisis, Homes dramatizes hubris and greed, alienation and spirituality, improvised families, and justice in our age of smart phones, dumbed-down education, and bankrupt culture.'”

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

Women by Charles Bukowski

The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith

When Did I Get Like This? by Amy Wilson

Cool, Calm, and Contentious by Merrill Markoe

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