by A.M. Homes - £8.99 Granta Books (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781862079335 | ISBN 10: 1862079331
An uplifting story set in Los Angeles about one man's effort to bring himself back to life. Richard is a modern day everyman; a middle-aged divorcee trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one. His life has slowed almost to a standstill, until two incidents conspire to hurl him back into the world.
One day he wakes up with a knotty cramp in his back, which rapidly develops into an all-consuming pain. At the same time a wide sinkhole appears outside his living room window, threatening the foundations of his house. A vivid novel about compassion and transformation, This Book Will Save Your Life reveals what can happen if you are willing to open up to the world around you.
Since her debut in 1989, A.M. Homes has been among the boldest and most original voices of her generation, acclaimed for the psychological accuracy and unnerving emotional intensity of her storytelling. Her keen ability to explore how extraordinary the ordinary can be is at the heart of her touching and funny new novel, her first in six years.
"AM Homes is among the most pre-eminent chroniclers of contemporary American anomie, clinical in her description of the symptoms of a particular strain of suburban soul-sickness. But in this, her fifth novel, she prescribes the cure...This being LA and an A M Homes story, bizarre things will happen too, but, for the most part, this is the simple story of a man learning how to enjoy simple pleasures... Homes is one of those writers who, though her prose and storytelling give the impression of being artless, still grabs hold of you, completely involves you, makes you care and moves you."
(Laurence Phelan, Independent on Sunday)
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