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Music for Torching by A.M. Homes
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Jul 03, 09

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Read in January, 2007

p. 54 “At their house things don’t go like this’ nothing is easy; it’s every man for himself, each hoarding what little he has, each wanting his own, each wanting something different. They speak in the defensive. They wait for disappointment. They constantly accumulate proof of having been let down, misunderstood, unappreciated. They are a tense and bitter lot, and haven’t even noticed it until now. Compare and contrast; the differences are so revealing.” A tale in stark relief of American family dysfunction at the turn of the (21st) century. Passionate sequences of sex, but no real human contact, no feelings revealed. The ending is shocking and heartbreaking, yet you can see it coming for many pages. You root for these crazy parents the whole book, hoping they’ll get their act together, pull together. In the end the crazy, societal external forces finally crush what little they have, ending it all in a mess that, no longer, can be ignored or quietly cleaned up.

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