Background information for A. M. Homes and May We Be Forgiven.
I discovered A. M. Homes within the past year; her fiction is just a “perfect fit” for me. I'll give you some background references, but also just a word about why Homes is my choice.
I've been drawn to absurdist, slightly off-beat novels all my life. I grew up in Indianapolis and sort of cut my teeth on Kurt Vonnegut. It's possible that if you grow up female, and a Unitarian, in Indiana in the 1950s – absurdism is about the only form of writing that really resonates! Once I read the first A.M. Homes novel, I immediately read another – and will continue on through her books.
I find that when I recommend novels to others, they are apt to be totally turned off by the characters that are compelling to me. Notice I didn't say I thought highly of the characters. . .just that they work for me. I'll be interested to hear what you all think!
So, with that preamble, if you'd like to read more about A. M. Homes, try a couple of websites – to learn about her body of work. If you're interested, she has written a memoir, The Mistress's Daughter, which I'm currently reading. So, I'll be able to give you a few biographical details that seem to be key to her writing.
Several more links (couldn’t resist):
- Reading Guide & Interview
- Reviews & Interviews
- Author's site
- Wikipedia biography
- On NPR ... and here
- in the 2013 tournament of books
- Interview with Fran Lebowitz (video)
- Movie deal