Days of Awe

Days of Awe

Book - 2018
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"With her signature humor and compassion, A.M. Homes exposes the heart of an uneasy America in her new collection - exploring our attachments to each other through characters who aren't quite who they hoped to become, though there is no one else they can be. In "A Prize for Every Player," a man is nominated to run for president by the customers of a big box store, while he and his family do their weekly shopping. At a conference on genocide(s) in the title story, old friends rediscover themselves and one another - finding spiritual and physical comfort in ancient traditions. And in "Hello Everybody" and "She Got Away," Homes revisits a Los Angeles family obsessed with the surfaces and frightened of what lives below. In the nearly three decades since her seminal debut collection The Safety of Objects, Homes has been celebrated by readers and critics alike as one of our boldest andmost original writers, acclaimed for her psychological accuracy and "satire so close to the truth it's terrifying" (Ali Smith). Her first book since the Women's Prize-winning May We Be Forgiven, Days of Awe is a major new addition to her body of visionary, fearless, outrageously funny work"-- Provided by publisher.

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KSpaulding
Jul 26, 2018

Homes explores the themes of introspection, repentance, and responsibility in these stories, using shock, humor, and a strange fantasy sequence or two. Each scenario dissects a different perspective on the perceived reality of our relationships to each other and our experiences. Much of the book reminded me of Kelly Link's stories, mixed with some Joshua Ferris or even Tom Rachmann. If you are a fan of Netflix's Black Mirror, this would be an intriguing story collection for you.

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etrotter12
Jul 16, 2018

A compelling read.

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