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Days of Awe
By (author): A. M. Homes
9780143133261 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Jun 18, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.08 x 7.72 x 0.74 in 304 pages Penguin Books
“With dark humor and sharp dialogue, Homes plumbs the depths of everyday American anxieties.” —Time

A razor-sharp story collection from a writer who is always “furiously good” (Zadie Smith, bestselling author of Swing Time).

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 and most 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.

HARDCOVER CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Days of Awe received a chorus of praise, called “strikingly beautiful” in The New York Times Book Review, “Exuberantly transgrassive” in O Magazine, and “Fascinating” in The Paris Review Daily. She’s been the recipient of multiple awards, reviewed in major publications, and warranted the attention of popular authors.

VISIBILITY: Many of these stories first appeared in high-profile venues like The New Yorker, One Story, and Playboy.

A.M. Homes lives in New York City and teaches at Princeton University. She is the author of twelve books, including the bestselling memoir The Mistress’s Daughter. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair; co-executive producer of Falling Water and Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes; and is the recipient of awards including the Guggenheim, NEA, and NYFA fellowships. Her latest novel, May We Be Forgiven, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2013, and has been optioned for film by Unanimous Entertainment.

Author Residence: New York City

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Praise for Days of Awe:

“Exuberantly transgressive.”- O, the Oprah Magazine

“[Homes] has shown a unique penchant for cracking open the dark heart of human nature—with irreverent wit, devastating empathy and haunting shocks…Days of Awe [is] a memorable assortment of new tales about family, love, death, and an unqualified man who somehow stumbles into becoming a populist political candidate.” - Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

“Homes’s keen ear for speech—surreal as her characters’ conversations often are—lends itself to varying degrees of self-aware misunderstanding, highlighting the complexity of language and the challenges…The impossibility of knowing another person completely is one of life’s painful truths, and [this] collection reminds us of that—but [it] also shows that there are, at least, tools available to help us try.”- Vanity Fair

“In the title story, a Holocaust survivor taps into a theme of the collection when he describes the way people hold the history of previous generations inside them. ’We carry it with us, not just in our grandmother’s silver,’ he says, ’but in our bodies, the cells of our hearts.’” - Wall Street Journal

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