By Jeff Giles
October 05, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

May We Be Forgiven

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+

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