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AM Homes’s horror of a higher sort

By Rafia Zakaria   September 2018
AM Homes in 2007 © David Shankbone

AM Homes in 2007 © David Shankbone

“I am a journalist not a soldier” one character tells another in “Days of Awe,” the title story from AM Homes’s latest collection. He and his novelist interlocutor have sneaked off from a genocide conference they are attending to pick apples and exchange sexual innuendo. The pair’s academic interest in the pain of others is unnervingly juxtaposed with their erotic playfulness. Homes, an American writer whose best-known work The End of Alice is narrated by an incarcerated…

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