Jack | Granta

  • Published: 04/04/2013
  • ISBN: 9781847087706
  • 129x20mm
  • 224 pages

Jack

A.M. Homes

Jack is a teenager who wants nothing more than to be normal – even if being normal means having divorced parents and a rather strange best friend. But when Jack’s father takes him out rowing on a lake and tells his son that he’s gay, nothing will ever be normal again. Out of Jack’s struggle to redefine ‘family’, comes a work of enormous humour, charm and resonance, the most convincing, funny and insightful novel about adolescence since The Catcher in the Rye.

A moving novel, and a very refreshing one. Jack is such an engaging, attractive human being, it's a pleasure to believe in him

David Foster Wallace

The engaging, doggedly funny Jack is likeable from the first paragraph, a good kid caught in circumstances too much for him. And in the particulars of those circumstances, A.M. Homes touches upon something unique. She handles the big subjects subtly, deftly and with an appealing lack of melodrama

New York Times Book Review

A.M. Homes has created a most endearing teenager, and an intensely real world around him ... A fine book

Hilma Wolitzer

The Author

A. M. Homes is the author of the novels,This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers and Jack, and three collections of short stories, Days of Awe, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects and the highly acclaimed memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter, as well as the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and writes frequently on arts and culture for numerous magazines and newspapers. She lives in New York City.

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