July’s Book: May We Be Forgiven, by AM Homes

by Jamie Klingler

We were split on the shortlist for next month’s book, but have settled on the Women’s Prize-winning May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes.

Harold Silver 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 in the suburbs of New York City. But Harry, a historian and Nixon scholar, also knows George has a murderous temper, and when George loses control the result is an act of violence so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives in which they both must seek absolution.

Harry finds himself suddenly playing parent to his brother’s two adolescent children, tumbling down the rabbit hole of Internet sex, dealing with aging parents who move through time like travelers on a fantastic voyage. As Harry builds a twenty-first-century family created by choice rather than biology, we become all the more aware of the ways in which our history, both personal and political, can become our destiny and either compel us to repeat our errors or be the catalyst for change.

May We Be Forgiven, AM Homes


We’ll be meeting at 7pm, Wednesday 31st July in the Rugby Tavern in Holborn. The nearest tubes are Holborn, Russell Square and Chancery Lane. Any questions, as ever, drop us a note to LondonBookClub at outlook dot com.

Happy reading.