I haven’t read A.M. Homes’ May We Be Forgiven yet, but I’m assuming the theme has something to do with the struggle to put the pieces back together as is powerfully expressed in the taped together cover graphic. Recently announced as part of the longlist being considered for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction), the Prize abstracts the book as follows:
Harry has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother, George – a taller, smarter and more successful high-flying TV executive – acquire a covetable wife, two kids and a beautiful home. But Harry, a historian and Nixon scholar, also knows George has a murderous temper, and when George loses control the result is an act so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives, in which they both must seek absolution.
Interestingly, the cover of the American release features a picture of cranberry sauce gel (complete with can dents), sitting on a stark white dish. Though not as compelling to me as the cover above, it also does a great job of suggesting the book offers an ironic take on the American family.