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Paul and Elaine first popped up in Homes's collection The Safety of Objects, as a couple having the happiest night of their lives smoking crack while the kids are away. Their happiest night here is when they tip the barbecue and burn their house halfway down. The story proceeds with a nightmare zombie logic from there, with a funny-scary ironic tone. "Paul notices that the color of her eye shadow is Fiction, and her lipstick is called Sheer Fraud.... 'What happened to the dining-room table, Elaine? Why'd you chop it to pieces?'" he wonders. "The damage was irreparable," his wife replies. Homes describes nice people doing not-so-nice deeds in luminous, precise prose way better than Bret Easton Ellis, as well as Joyce Carol Oates, and occasionally within range of John Updike. But Homes is really the evil spawn of Grace Metalious and Quentin Tarantino. --Tim Appelo
Classic A.M. Homes in the sense of absurd, anxiety-provoking set-up that draws you in from the start. Yes, there are flaws. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy S.
Definitely a page turner for sure! A story of two spouses trying to find the true narrative of their life while enduring several struggles along the way. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Raven
haunting, unsettling, heartrending....in my mind I was continually giving them advice!! All couples should read this.Published 15 months ago by Judith Cearns
Author 's sex fantasies does not amuse me. I would like to have this book deleted from Mathilda's library.Published 15 months ago by F.J.Putter
A.M. Homes is a writer with a fine eye. Her novels capture ordinary psychology with humour and a good sense of the apposite. Read morePublished 15 months ago by reader 451
Another of a.m homes' novels about the dark undercurrents of suburban living in the USA. After a fire disrupts the rhythms of an affluent American suburb, lives begin to smear... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Linda Cameron
In suburbia, a portrait of dysfunctional family life. Parents set their house on fire, 9 year old shoots and kills his friend. Adultery,lesbians and too much explicit sex!Published 19 months ago by Marcella S. Lilly
Very twisted and depressing. If you have the sense you want to stop reading after a few chapters, don't finish it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Julia Boyette
Ms. Homes has created a dismal picture of middle-class America...when I finished the book I was embarrassed to be in the same category. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer