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Author: A. M. Homes Narrator: Andy Paris Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781470328320

Publisher Description

A.M. Homes is acclaimed for her unnerving looks at suburban life in such searing works as The Safety of Objects, Jack, and Music for Torching. May We Be Forgiven stars Harold Silver, a historian who's always been jealous of his successful brother, George. But when the hot-tempered George is institutionalized for committing a violent act, Harold finds himself comforting his brother's wife and children. What follows is a scathing examination of a family so fractured it may never be whole again.

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Quotes

  • “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 
  • “Although Homes weaves in piercing satire on subjects like healthcare, education, and the prison system, her tone never veers into the overly arch, mostly thanks to Harold—a loveably earnest guy who creates his own kind of oddball, 21st century family.”

    - O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “Darkly funny…the moments shared between this ad hoc family are the novel’s most endearing.”

    - Time
  • “Cheever country with a black comedy upgrade…Homes crams a tremendous amount of ambition into May We Be Forgiven, with its dark humor, its careening plot, its sex-strewn suburb and a massive cast of memorable characters…its riskiest content, however, is something different: sentiment. This is a Tin Man story, in which the zoned-out Harry slowly grows a heart.”

    - Los Angeles Times

Awards

  • Selected for the October 2012 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Amazon Top 100 Book
  • A 2012 BookPage Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " So amazing at first! For hundreds of pages! Dark and funny and compelling...then it jumped the shark. Then it did again. Then it got all moralizing and horrible. What the hell...? "

    - Amanda, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Brisk start, amusing, but Meh. "

    - Jim, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Kinda crazy, sometimes goes off the deep end, but definitely worth reading. Never dull. The story moves all over the place and you never know what to expect next. "

    - Melissa, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 'May We Be Forgiven' has an equal amount of quirkiness and heart; at times completely absurd and other times drips true human emotion. I can only hope that all orphans will one day find a parent like Harry. "

    - Debbie, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I love The author's voice! I found myself chuckling throughout the whole book. Well worth the read. "

    - Mary, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Loved it!! Great characters..witty and engaging..well written... "

    - Joyce, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " You know what CocoChanel said about jewelry: before you leave the house look in the mirror and take at least one piece off. The same could be applied to this book. It had a lot to say about redemption and forgiveness and family, but at least two of the plotlines could have been scaled back and it would have made the message much more powerful. "

    - Lola425, 1/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " i'll be damned. "

    - Wesley, 1/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Holmes gets an extra star awarded purely for name checking the author she was clearly, and perhaps deliberately, imitating. Some may find this story of a man trying to find life within himself to be contrived or overly simplified, but I think that was kind of the point. "

    - David, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Ok...but not as good as billed. "

    - Terry, 1/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I actually felt like I was living that whole year with the protagonist of the story and sincerely wishing for the best for that character. "

    - Belkis, 12/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Rich characters, fascinating story and some of the best dialogue I have read in years. Quick read - draws you in from the first few pages. Highly recommend. "

    - Nicole, 12/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A.M. Homes's books are not only brilliant but also funny, surprising, and thoroughly entertaining. May We Be Forgiven is no exception. "

    - Evan, 12/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Homes' publisher sent me this book in consideration for my radio show. I opened it to the first page, read the first paragraph, and was hooked. She'll be on the show on Nov. 21 and I Cannot Wait. What a wild ride this book is. I'm not new to her but I'm new to her working and I'm lovin' it! "

    - Barbara, 9/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I really loved this book, really gutsy. "

    - Rowena, 8/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Still a good read, but didn't wow me as previous Homes' books have (Music for Torching, anyone??). The ending was disappointing and expected. Parts of it though are just as amazing and bizarrely hilarious and disturbing as Homes' best books. "

    - Jhoanna, 8/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Long, long and strange. Held my interest but was happy to get to the end. Dark and depressing. "

    - Jan, 7/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " What a wild ride! At times very humorous, a very times a bit over the edge, I still loved every minute- and found myself weeping more than once in its world of human possibility. Major love. "

    - Jill, 7/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I like this book, but I'm not sure whom I'd recommend it to. There is just an audacious amount of plot in the first few hundred pages. And then, redemption of a sort. It's a bit like an edgier Silver Linings Playbook in that sense. "

    - Sarah, 6/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very much an A.M. Homes book in that it puts suburbanites into extreme/unrealistic situations (often of their own making) to illuminate stuff going on with nearly everybody. "

    - Seth, 12/9/2012

About the Author

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

About the Narrator

Andy Paris is an actor and writer. His audio narration have earned him the prestigious Audie Award, as well as AudioFile Earphones Awards. A member of the Tectonic Theater Project, he and others wrote The Laramie Project, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 and in which he played Stephen Belber. He has also appeared in Law & Order.