The Unfolding

The Unfolding

9781783785339

The dazzling new state-of-the-nation novel from one of America's most significant contemporary writers and winner of the Women's Prize for May We Be Forgiven, which explores the makings of our political times. ---'A terrific black comedy, written almost entirely in pitch-perfect dialogue, that feels terrifying close to the unfunny truth' - Salman RushdieThe Big Guy loves his family, money and democracy. Undone by the results of the 2008 Presidential election, he taps a group of like-minded men to reclaim their version of America.

As they build a scheme to disturb and disrupt, the Big Guy also faces turbulence within his family and must take responsibility for his past actions. For his wife and daughter are having their own awakenings: self-denying Charlotte enters rehab, and eighteen year old Megan, who has voted for the first time, explores a political future that deviates from her father's ideology, while delving into deeply buried family secrets. Dark, funny and prescient, The Unfolding explores the implosion of the dream and how we arrived in today's divided world.

'From her first book onward, A. M. Holmes has been challenging us to look at fiction, the world, and one another as we haven't done-because we haven't had the nerve, the eyes, the dire and dispassionate imagination.

Gripping, sad, funny, by turns aching and antic and, as always, exceedingly well-observed and written, The Unfolding opens up another one of her jagged windows, at times indistinguishable from a crack, in the world that is always unfolding, and always vanishing, around us' - Michael Chabon
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Granta Books

2022

Adult Fiction

Modern Fiction and Historical Fiction/Retellings

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