Literary Spotlight

06.06.13

A.M. Homes Wins Women’s Prize for Fiction

‘May We Be Forgiven’ describes the life of Harry, a middle-aged Richard Nixon–studies professor.

To forgive or not to forgive, that is the question. A.M. Homes on Wednesday became the fifth American in a row to win Britain’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize, for her sixth novel, May We Be Forgiven. The book features a devastating car crash, adultery, and a murder—and that’s just in the first 14 pages—and tells the story of the seemingly crazy life of Harry, a middle-aged Richard Nixon-studies professor, in both dark and light humor. Some of the other books nominated included Zadie Smith’s NW, Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior, and Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette. In explaining the selection, judge Miranda Richardson called the book “so fresh and funny—darkly funny—and so unexpectedly moving.”