A. M. Homes: Jack


The latest addition to my website is A. M. HomesJack, her first novel. It is certainly an enjoyable novel, though the humour is not nearly as black as her recent prize-winning May We Be Forgiven. Jack, the hero/narrator, is a fifteen-year old boy, whose parents get divorced and who subsequently discovers that the reason for the divorce is that his father is gay and living with his gay lover. Jack is devastated as, like most people at his school, he despises anything associated with homosexuality. The book is how Jack, his mother and others close to them try to come to terms with this and how the model heterosexual family he admires may also have its weaknesses.

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