May We Be Forgiven (Hardback)
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Short Description for May We Be Forgiven Harold has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother acquire success. But Harold knows his brother has a murderous temper, and when he loses control the result is an act of violence so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives.
- Published: 27 September 2012
- Format: Hardback 480 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780670025480 ISBN 10: 0670025488
- Sales rank: 235,628
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Winner of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction--A darkly comic novel of twenty-first-century domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation 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" is an unnerving, funny tale of unexpected intimacies and of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.