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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,838 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. M. Homes Narrator: Andy Paris Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “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

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda Carver | 2/12/2014

    " 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...? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jim Porter | 1/25/2014

    " Brisk start, amusing, but Meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa Ramke | 1/22/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie Foster | 1/19/2014

    " '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. "

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