Composed of thirteen stories exposing the heart of an uneasy 21st-century America, these new works flag the humour and psychological accuracy for which Homes is acclaimed. With a fearless, funny approach, she digs deep into the past and shows how no ones life is truly their own. From academics at a genocide conference to 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.
A.M. Homes lives in New York City and teaches at Princeton University. She is the author of the novels May We Be Forgiven, which won the Women's Prize 2013, This Book Will Save Your Life, a Richard and Judy pick in 2007, 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. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and writes frequently on arts and culture for numerous magazines and newspapers.
The Q&A will be chaired by Kate Feld, writer, director of The Real Story and lecturer at Salford University.