The career of author A.M. Homes has gone from strength to strength as she has come to dominate the contemporary American fiction landscape. Two of her early works, Jack and The Safety of Objects were converted to successful films, and she now develops television shows for HBO and CBS.
Her latest novel, May We Be Forgiven, began life as a short story commissioned by Zadie Smith. Salman Rushdie calls it ‘flat-out amazing’. Jeanette Winterson is a fan.
Compared to the work of John Cheever in the New York Times, the book won the 2013 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction). It’s a biting satire of suburban life in the US, where Nixon expert Harry Silver finds himself abruptly thrust into his older brother’s place and must learn to cope with a twisted rural community weirder than anything he could have encountered in the city.
With six novels, two short-story collections and two non-fiction books behind her, including the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, about the first meeting with her birth mother, plus several TV shows in development, A.M. Homes is a prolific, cutting-edge author not to be missed.
Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international bestseller Addition was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Fall Girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award, and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. Toni’s latest book is the literary mystery The Fragments. She lives in Melbourne.
A.M. Homes is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers and Jack, two collections of short stories, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects and the highly acclaimed memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter, as well as the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill.