I’m not quite sure how July slipped by so quickly and now here we are in August.
Having missed a month of The Year in Books, I thought it best to get my August selection in early, and besides, I’m really excited about it and have no idea how it passed me by on publication back in 2012.
A.M. Homes is a wonderfully feisty writer of modern-day ‘great American’ novels, all with strong central characters and more often than not a strange, darkly humorous edge to them. Like many other fans, the first Homes novel I read was “This Book Will Save Your Life” published in 2006, but she is also well-known for her controversial novel ‘The End of Alice”. Her books are generally not an easy-read and often divide audiences, but I find them utterly captivating and quickly find myself immersed in her tales of domestic life and what goes on behind closed doors.
“May We Be Forgiven” tells the tale of two brothers, Harry and George; Harry has always been envious of George and this brotherly conflict sets off a chain of events which form the central storyline. The book only dropped through the letterbox yesterday so I haven’t got far but I’m thrilled to have found a big American novel to take away on short break next week and will report back with my verdict once I finish. I also need to tell you all about my July read but will save that for another day.
Which books do you have planned for summer reading?
The Year in Books is a lovely online project by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees. It is open to all and there is also a Twitter chat on the last Monday of the month where you will no doubt pick up a bundle of reading recommendations. Hop on over to Laura’s blog to find out more.