Her latest novel, May We Be Forgiven, began life as a short story commissioned by Zadie Smith. Salman Rushdie calls it ‘flat-out amazing’. Jeanette Winterson is a fan.
Compared to the work of John Cheever in the New York Times, the book won the 2013 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction). It’s a biting satire of suburban life in the US, where Nixon expert Harry Silver finds himself abruptly thrust into his older brother’s place and must learn to cope with a twisted rural community weirder than anything he could have encountered in the city.
With six novels, two short-story collections and two non-fiction books behind her, including the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, about the first meeting with her birth mother, plus several TV shows in development, A.M. Homes is a prolific, cutting-edge author not to be missed.
A.M. Homes is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers and Jack, two collections of short stories, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects and the highly acclaimed memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter, as well as the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill.
Toni Jordan is the acclaimed author of Addition, Fall Girl and Nine Days. She lives in Melbourne, where she teaches creative writing at RMIT University. (rodneyvc)