Days of Awe (Hardback)
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Days of Awe (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 05/07/2018
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From the winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction

A.M Homes, the author of This Book Will Save Your Life, returns with signature humour and psychological accuracy, to tell thirteen stories exposing the heart of an uneasy 21st-century America.

In tales of a family obsessed with the surfaces of their lives, or the story of a shopper who suddenly finds himself nominated to run for President, she explores 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.

Her first book since the Women's Prize-winning May We Be Forgiven, Days of Awe builds a picture of contemporary America at war with itself. Described by Zadie Smith as 'a razor-sharp story collection from a writer who is always furiously good' this is a visionary, fearless and outrageously funny work from a master storyteller.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847083258
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 391 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The direct, acerbic writing here feels enjoyably characteristic of [Homes'] whole oeuvre...She narrates the stories in a pacy present tense, energised by amusing quips and details - Lara Feigel, Observer

Superb - Tim Smith-Laing, Daily Telegraph

Homes is... at her merciless satirical best in skewering the comedy of disappointment and dread, the squirm of self indulgence and self-justification' - Tessa Hadley, Guardian

Homes is a devastating satirist and many a passage is wickedly sharp... funny... The humour is complicated by a wistfulness and yearning , a lostness and sorrow, that's fruitfully inclusive - Lionel Shriver, Financial Times

Homes's dialogue is sharp, clever and often darkly funny - Eithne Farry, Daily Mail

Homes's keen ear for speech highlights the challenges of communicating - Keziah Weir, Vanity Fair (US)

At turns surreal, dark and occasionally - in one case literally - uplifting, there's plenty of acerbic wit in this collection by a mistress of the genre. Awe-inspiring - Jaine Blackman, Oxford Times

[Her] best stories are original and destabilising, at once melancholy and absurd... As ingenious as ever - Hannah Rosefield, New Statesman

Homes is one of the most provocative of American writers, and these stories are sure to be just as impressive - Summer Books round up selected by John Boyne, Irish Times

The corporeal body takes centre stage throughout [and] a distinctive black humour abounds... "Handle with care" is the warning that springs to mind - Lucy Scholes, Independent

These stories offer rich rewards - Suzi Feay, Literary Review

Unusually for a short story collection, Homes never misses a hit. That said, 'A Prize for Every Player'[...]is a particular triumph - Katie Welsh, Diva

These defiantly comic stories are like postcards from contemporary America - Summer Books, Mail on Sunday

Breathtakingly accurate satire and laser-cut portraits of American life from a seriously heavyweight author whose snapshots remained etched on the retinas - ES Magazine, Evening Standard

Puts a surreal slant on everyday America and celebrates the psyche at its most bizarre... Brilliantly biting stories - Madeleine Kingsley, Jewish Chronicle

Storytelling of the most exquisite kind - insightful, observant, wickedly funny and revealing of the human heart in all its complexity - Helena Kennedy QC

[A] diverse and thoughtfully considered collection... Thought-provoking - Diana Hendry, Spectator

A short story collection that skewers the craziness of modern line, from the cult of consumerism to the false intimacy of social media - Good Housekeeping

Homes has long been a master of exposing the lurid reality lying just beneath the everyday...There is horror of a higher sort, that of memory and mortality. Here there are tenacious terrors that linger long after you close the book - Prospect

A satiric, surreal take on contemporary America...funny, outrageous, reflective and shot through with unexpected tenderness - Joanne Hayden, Irish Independent

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