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As A.M. Homes's incendiary novel unfolds, the Kodacolor hues of the good life become nearly hallucinogenic. Laying bare the foundations of a marriage, flash-frozen in the anxious entropy of a suburban subdivision, Paul and Elaine spin the quiet terrors of family life into a fantastical frenzy that careens out of control. From a strange and hilarious encounter with a Stepford Wife neighbor to an ill-conceived plan for a tattoo, to a sexy cop who shows up at all the wrong moments, to a housecleaning team in space suits, a mistress calling on a cell phone, and a hostage situation at a school, A.M. Homes creates characters so outrageously flawed and deeply human that they are entirely believable.

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"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

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"It takes a real virtuoso to pull all this together, and Homes, happily, is just that." Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Music for Torching has genuine and affecting emotional depth....[Homes] gives conscience and tragic awareness to her characters with remarkable results." The Boston Globe

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"Searing...heartbreaking...the picture of suburban society is defly presented." USA Today

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"A sly, fast-paced and...darkly comic novel about a suburban marriage that's going to hell, fast." Wall Street Journal

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"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....[A]ll the more superb for the depth of its humanity." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Brilliant....I found myself rapt from beginning to end, fascinated by Homes's single-minded talent for provocation." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

As A.M. Homes's incendiary novel unfolds, the Kodacolor hues of the good life become nearly hallucinogenic.Laying bare th foundations of a marriage, flash frozen in the anxious entropy of a suburban subdivision, Paul and Elaine spin the quit terors of family life into a fantastical frenzy that careens out of control.From a strange and hilarious encounter with a Stepford Wife neighbor to an ill-conceived plan for a tattoo, to a sexy cop who shows up at all the wrong moments, to a housecleaning team in space suits, a mistress calling on a cell phone, and a hostage situationat a school, A.M. Homes creates characters so outrageously flawed and deeply human that thery are entriely believable.

Synopsis:

As A.M. Homes's incendiary novel unfolds, the Kodacolor hues of the good life become nearly hallucinogenic.Laying bare th foundations of a marriage, flash frozen in the anxious entropy of a suburban subdivision, Paul and Elaine spin the quit terors of family life into a fantastical frenzy that careens out of control. From a strange and hilarious encounter with a Stepford Wife neighbor to an ill-conceived plan for a tattoo, to a sexy cop who shows up at all the wrong moments, to a housecleaning team in space suits, a mistress calling on a cell phone, and a hostage situationat a school, A.M. Homes creates characters so outrageously flawed and deeply human that thery are entriely believable.

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.

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wordwing, October 15, 2006 (view all comments by wordwing)
A. M. Homes is one gutsy writer, able and willing to face the dark side of modern life, yet continually poking you in the ribs with the absurd humor of it all. One shocking surprise after another makes it a hurly burly page turner that stays in your mind long after the haunting ending.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780688177621
Author:
Homes, A. M.
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by A M Homes
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
179DM
Publication Date:
20000405
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.04x5.36x.89 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780688177621 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "It takes a real virtuoso to pull all this together, and Homes, happily, is just that."
"Review" by , "Music for Torching has genuine and affecting emotional depth....[Homes] gives conscience and tragic awareness to her characters with remarkable results."
"Review" by , "Searing...heartbreaking...the picture of suburban society is defly presented."
"Review" by , "A sly, fast-paced and...darkly comic novel about a suburban marriage that's going to hell, fast."
"Review" by , "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....[A]ll the more superb for the depth of its humanity."
"Review" by , "Brilliant....I found myself rapt from beginning to end, fascinated by Homes's single-minded talent for provocation."
"Synopsis" by , As A.M. Homes's incendiary novel unfolds, the Kodacolor hues of the good life become nearly hallucinogenic.Laying bare th foundations of a marriage, flash frozen in the anxious entropy of a suburban subdivision, Paul and Elaine spin the quit terors of family life into a fantastical frenzy that careens out of control.From a strange and hilarious encounter with a Stepford Wife neighbor to an ill-conceived plan for a tattoo, to a sexy cop who shows up at all the wrong moments, to a housecleaning team in space suits, a mistress calling on a cell phone, and a hostage situationat a school, A.M. Homes creates characters so outrageously flawed and deeply human that thery are entriely believable.
"Synopsis" by , As A.M. Homes's incendiary novel unfolds, the Kodacolor hues of the good life become nearly hallucinogenic.Laying bare th foundations of a marriage, flash frozen in the anxious entropy of a suburban subdivision, Paul and Elaine spin the quit terors of family life into a fantastical frenzy that careens out of control. From a strange and hilarious encounter with a Stepford Wife neighbor to an ill-conceived plan for a tattoo, to a sexy cop who shows up at all the wrong moments, to a housecleaning team in space suits, a mistress calling on a cell phone, and a hostage situationat a school, A.M. Homes creates characters so outrageously flawed and deeply human that thery are entriely believable.
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