Booked Up with Jen Taub

The Unfolding by A. M. Homes

January 1, 2023

In This Episode:

A.M Homes is an award-winning nonfiction author, novelist, short-storry writer, playwright, and librettist. This is the first time she and Jen speak together, having been introduced virtually by a mutual friend.  In this conversation, AMH lives her axiom  that, “People should pay more attention. Everyone wants attention, but no one wants to give attention.” In fact, she even commandeers the interview for a bit, getting Jen to talk about her past and future own writing projects.

A love of history permeates AMH’s fictional work, as she uses post-WWII American history as structural pins to help  llustrate how we got from there to where we are today. In her newest novel, The Unfolding historical moments and figures function as much more than backdrops. These important events are embedded in the inner lives of her well-observed characters, and these characters do more than react, they are catalysts.

Her previous work includes, This Book Will Save Your Life, which won the 2013 Orange/Women’s Prize for Fiction, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Days of Awe, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects.

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Get More from A.M. Homes:

Twitter | Website | Author of THE UNFOLDING and THE MISTRESS’S DAUGHTER


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Twitter | Website | Author of BIG DIRTY MONEY

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