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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (20 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: September 2012 ISBN: 9781470328320
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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.”

    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

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Latz | 1/18/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola425 | 1/3/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley | 1/3/2014

    " i'll be damned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Davy | 1/2/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 1/1/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belkis | 12/30/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Zajack | 12/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 12/12/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/6/2013

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowena Hannan | 8/25/2013

    " I really loved this book, really gutsy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jhoanna | 8/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Pitts | 7/11/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Sevelow | 7/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 12/9/2012

    " 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. "

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About the Author

A. M. Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter and the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Andy Paris is an actor and writer. 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.