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May We Be Forgiven

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IDENTITY SWAP This dark novel eventually becomes over-plotted, causing the reader to lose interest

May We Be Forgiven

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
A.M. Homes
publisher:
Viking Adult
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

When big-shot TV exec George goes berserk and kills somebody, his lame professor brother takes over his house, life, and kids, and learns the meaning of…a bunch of things. At her best (Music for Torching), Homes is an exceedingly dark, funny novelist fond of poking at our wounds and delusions. Here, she tries something trickier: figuring out if anything can heal us. May We Be Forgiven opens brilliantly, but becomes hectic and over-plotted. It’s not clear if Homes really believes in redemption — or is just trying to. B+