The Unfolding, by A M Homes (Granta 2022)

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A M Homes has always been an astute and sharp commentator on American life. She has an ability to take a seemingly minor or peripheral aspect of life, but draw in the world at large with a merciless eye. In this new novel, she writes about the sector of wealthy America who were so offended by the election of Barack Obama in 2008 that they set out to attempt to make such a thing impossible again. They are pompous, entitled and self important, but in the end small and insignificant. She portrays the early days of the extreme partisanship we've seen in the US lately with precision and humanity.