Music for Torching

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Harper Perennial
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5.36 X 8.04 X 0.89 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author
A.M. Homes is the author of the novels The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collection The Safety of Objects and the artist's book Appendix A. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in magazines such as The New Yorker and Artforum, among others, and she is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Bomb, Blind Spot, and Story. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and The New School and lives in New York City.
"Brilliant. . . .I found myself rapt from beginning to end, fascinated by Homes's single-minded talent for provocation."--New York Times Book Review"In this remarkable fourth novel, A.M. Homes delivers a sad/funny, wild-card strewn indictment of the ways our lives don't work at century's close. . . .all the more superb for the depth of its humanity."--Washington Post Book World"A sly, fast-paced and. . .darkly comic novel about a suburban marriage that's going to hell, fast."--Wall Street Journal"Exhilarating. . .a hellbound joyride of a book. Homes torches a whole genteel tradition of suburban fiction--Cheever, Updike--in which some center of stablility persists among the smug, the adulterous, and merely boring. . . .It's liberating to see the dead wood of unearned uplift get the old chop-chop. Rock-and-rollers have known for years that such rage and despair can yeild paradoxical exultation. What's taken writers so long?"--Newsweek"Searing. . .heartbreaking. . .the picture of suburban society is defly presented."--USA Today"Music for Torching has genuine and affecting emotional depth. . . .[Homes] gives conscience and tragic awareness to her characters with remarkable results."--The Boston Globe"It takes a real virtuoso to pull all this together, and Homes, happily, is just that."--Philadelphia Inquirer?Compelling. . .a haunting story of suburban ennui. It's no small achievement that Homes. . .manages to portray these blighted souls as people more to be pitied than loathed.?--People?Music for Torching is a page-turner that keeps us reading just to see what the author will think up next. A. M. Homes's manic study of suburban malaise ends up with some timely insights into the unravelingof the moral underpinnings of our affluent society, but before turning serious it offers a series of outrageously hilarious scenarios, all the more startling because they are utterly believable.?--Richmond Times Dispatch