- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143038745
- ISBN-13: 978-0143038740
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Homes dark delivery . . . is in full regalia here. . . . Laugh-outloud funny. (The Boston Globe)
An absolute masterpiece . . . Homes writes ecstatically, and like no one else. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
I think this brave story of a lost mans reconnection with the world could become a generational touchstone, like Catch-22, The Monkey Wrench Gang, or The Catcher in the Rye. . . . And hey, maybe it will save somebodys life. (Stephen King)
Hilarious . . . Homes writes in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and has the talent to pull it off. (San Francisco Chronicle)
About the Author
A.M. Homes was born in Washington D.C. graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa, lives in New York City and teaches at Princeton University. Her work appears in ArtForum, Granta, The Guardian, McSweeney’s, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Electric Literature, Playboy, and Zoetrope. She works in television, most recently as as Co-Executive Producer of Falling Water and Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She is the recipient of awards including the Guggenheim, NEA, and NYFA fellowships. Her most recent novel, May We Be Forgiven, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2013, and has been optioned for film by Unanimous Entertainment.
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Richard Novak is distant and closed off from his family and friends. He's been floating through his work driven life until one day he simply can't ignore life anymore. His journey is both eye-opening and hilarious. This book is written from Richard's very unique perspective and might indeed save your life. I was so wrapped up in the story I actually didn't want it to end! I'll definitely reading more by this author in the future.
This Book Will Save Your Life seemed to me like a Bildungsroman in which the author forces the actions, motivations, and happenings to support her message. On some level, dare I say, that is bad writing. At one point, the morning after having read a good chunk, I even contemplated not finishing. I skipped ahead a little to see if things were going to get better. Not so, yet inexplicably, I was drawn in again, so much so that I went back to where I'd left off and continued to read the rest till late into the night. I wanted it to be over because I couldn't stop reading it. Weird. There's something there when a book makes a reader do that. So then why even 4 stars? That's why, I could't stop.
There's something that makes me not want to dismiss this book. So, reader, as far as I'm concerned, your on your own. In summary, you may or may not like this book.
Richard's organised and contained life is about to change. Through a series of somewhat strange and sometimes amusing events, Richard's life is turned around. I love that the characters in this story are flawed (a personal favourite of mine) and more real than any dreamlike macho superman type. I went on the journey with Richard which left me feeling great and optimistic that life can bring new pleasures when you are least expecting them.
Great fun, as friendships evolve, new friends's lives intersect one another, and he makes conscious plans to enlarge his life.
Re-read it anually.
Throughout the course of the book - after a chance meeting with a weepy suburban mother
in the supermarket - his life begins to change. He begins very slowly to open up. . .I enjoyed the journey with him. This book reminded me of a book I've never forgotten -
"Broken for You" by Stephanie Kallos. . .maybe not a great book but oh so memorable. It was about two women somehow coming to life through their relationship. . .and breaking alot of china as well!! Just worth mentioning.
I count on Homes to deliver excellent prose - and also a fair amount of humor - I can see comparisons to J. Tropper, or even Kurt Vonnegut, as others suggest. . .but there's more as well. Homes' body of work also reminds me of another favorite of
mine - Ann Patchett. Here's why - both are young authors who have managed to produce many excellent and very diverse works. I marvel at what they've produced. Like Patchett, Homes is an author I can count on.