- Publisher: Granta/Portobello Omes (October 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847083226
- ISBN-13: 978-1847083227
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.3 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Homes observed in a recent interview that "Despite the sense that things are looking up now, there remains an ongoing level of discomfort, an unarticulated anxiety about what will `go wrong' next." That's the spirit that looms over this story. It begins with two violent acts perpetrated by George Silver, a prominent television executive with anger management issues and the younger brother of Harold Silver, the story's narrator. The first is a car accident that kills a mother and father, leaving behind their young son. The second, George's murder of his wife when he returns home to find her in bed with Harold, launches Homes' protagonist on a lurching journey of self-discovery.
Though the disasters that cascade over Harold (divorce, illness and job loss only a few of them) at times rises almost to a Job-like level, that's where the similarities to the biblical character end. On his own behalf the most he can say is, "Before this happened, I had a life, or at least I thought I did; the quality, the successfulness of it had not been called into question." Clearly, he's more acted upon than actor.Read more ›
As the book begins, we are around a Thanksgiving table. The father of the family, the brutal and mentally-disturbed George Silver, is carving turkey. His two children, aged 10 and 11 sit like lumps at the table diddling with their devices. In the kitchen, George's brother Harry is kissing George's wife Jane.
Fast forward a few weeks: George is involved in a hit-and-run killing a couple in the other car and leaving their son an orphan. George bursts into his house, finds Harry and Jane together and smashes Jane in the head with a vase or something. She is fatally injured, lingers for a chapter or two in a coma and then is switched off. Harry assumes responsibility for the two children.
At first, this book seems like a progression of Harry's life downhill. He's a professor at a minor college teaching kids about Richard Nixon, the subject of an unfinished book he's been writing for years. Harry kind of admires Tricky Dicky - another character on a downward spiral. We get a lot about Nixon in this book - some real, some imagined. It seems to stand for a kind of metaphor but the meaning remained elusive for me.
Somewhere along the line, Harry hits bottom and starts to take responsibility.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love stories about dysfunctional families, but if they’re not done well, they can be tiresome and banal. This, of course, is not the case when A.M. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessica Weil
Got for a book club was a nice book for that. It was a bit on the sad side for me, I just don't like sad books.Published 6 months ago by Brittany Meyer
Absolutely loved it. Perfect balance of narrative reflection and dry/inappropriate (which is subjective) humor.Published 8 months ago by Rachel
I love Homes' writing style... But this story was so depressing and stretched out that it really drained me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by F. L. P. Souza
While the book was compelling, some of the situations were so completely far-fetched it was distracting and took away from the story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BTC