by A. M. Homes
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Pub Date 8 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 4 Nov 2022
The dazzling new state-of-the-nation novel from one of America's most significant contemporary writers and winner of the Women's Prize for May We Be Forgiven, which explores the makings of our political times.
The Big Guy loves his family, money and democracy. Undone by the results of the 2008 presidential election, he taps a group of like-minded men to reclaim their version of America. As they build a scheme to disturb and disrupt, the Big Guy also faces turbulence within his family, and must take responsibility for his past actions. Closely guarded secrets surface when his wife Charlotte stops self-medicating to numb her emotions. And when eighteen-year-old Megan votes for the first time, she awakens to the dissonance between her father's expectations and her own dreams for the future.
In a story as much about the dynamics of a family as the desire for power, A.M. Homes unpacks a dangerous rift in American identity, where words mean different things to different people, prompting a reconsideration of the definition of truth and freedom. Dark, funny and terrifyingly prescient, The Unfolding explores the implosion of the American dream and how we arrived in today's divided world.
‘A billionaire Republican, unhinged by the election of Barack Obama, launches a conspiracy of billionaires, military leaders and Washington insiders, while, at the same time, his private life is coming apart at the seams. This is a terrific black comedy, written almost entirely in pitch-perfect dialogue, that feels terrifying close to the unfunny truth’ Salman Rushdie
‘The Unfolding is wonderful. Compelling, funny, horrifying, and tremendously astute, this novel cuts right to the bone’ Phil Klay
‘A dazzling portrait of a family - and a country - in flux. A story about what happens when truths that once seemed self-evident turn out to be neither self-evident nor even true. A.M. Homes has perfectly captured an America as it lurches toward freak-out, and a family as it shreds the lies it’s been living by. The Unfolding is hilarious and shocking and heartbreaking and just a little bit deranged—in other words, it’s a book that feels like what it feels like to be alive right now’ Nathan Hill
‘How can a book be hilarious and chilling at the same time? A.M. Homes’s The Unfolding is a modern masterpiece, a scary immersion deep into the heart of American power. I will never look at a white man in khakis reading historical non-fiction in business class the same way again’ Gary Shteyngart
‘A.M. Homes’ The Unfolding is a precise core sample of an unrecognizable world of the recent past. The book is a disarming and heartbreaking family romance, a diagnosis of our present dilemma, and an exhibition of Delillo-sharp nerve and vision, told in dialogue that crackles and pops from the force of its internal contradictions’ Jonathan Lethem
‘A pained, painful, rollicking reckoning with how the USA lost its way, A.M. Homes's The Unfolding is Swiftian in its energy and bite, yet brimful of compassion and emotion. The entwining of the personal and the political feels as if it's born again to a sparkling new life. How does she do it?’ Neel Mukherjee
‘From her first book onward, A. M. Holmes has been challenging us to look at fiction, the world, and one another as we haven’t done—because we haven’t had the nerve, the eyes, the dire and dispassionate imagination. Gripping, sad, funny, by turns aching and antic and, as always, exceedingly well-observed and written, The Unfolding opens up another one of her jagged windows, at times indistinguishable from a crack, in the world that is always unfolding, and always vanishing, around us’ Michael Chabon