Amy M. Homes
(pen name A. M. Homes
; born December 18, 1961) is an American writer
. She is best-known for her controversial novels and unusual stories, most notably The End of Alice
(1996), a novel about a convicted child molester
and murderer. She is also the author of the novels This Book Will Save Your Life
(2006), Music for Torching
(1999), In a Country of Mothers
(1993), and Jack
(1989), and the story collections The Safety of Objects
(1990) and Things You Should Know
Homes was born in in Washington, D.C.
She received her B.A.
in 1985 from Sarah Lawrence College
, where she studied with the author Grace Paley
. She earned her M.F.A.
from the celebrated University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
Homes currently lives in New York City
with her young daughter. In 2007 she spent the summer months as writer-in-residence in Amsterdam
, The Netherlands
. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia University
, The New School
, and New York University
In April 2007, she stated in the Washington Post, “I've dated men and I've dated women and there's no more or less to it than that.” In an interview with Diva magazine she said, "‘I am bisexual, but I wouldn’t necessarily define myself that way.
Homes is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship
, a National Endowment for the Arts
Fellowship, a Cullman Center Fellowship from the New York Public Library
, a Center for Scholars and Writers
Fellowship, National Foundation for the Arts
and New York Foundation for the Arts
Fellowships, and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
. Her work has been translated into 18 languages.
Homes' first novel, Jack
, an exploration of family life and sexuality, was published to critical acclaim in 1989; with a screenplay by the author, it was produced as a film for the cable network Showtime
in 2004. She followed it a year later with the short-story collection The Safety of Objects
, which was released as a feature film
in 2001. The Pulitzer Prize
-winning author Michael Cunningham
called her 1996 novel The End of Alice
as "dark and treacherous as ice on a highway. It establishes A.M. Homes as one of the bravest, most terrifying writers working today. She never plays it safe, and it begins to look as if she can do almost anything."
Homes's 1999 novel Music for Torching—featuring characters from The Safety of Objects—brought her widest acclaim. Gary Krist in The New York Times wrote, "I found myself rapt from beginning to end, fascinated by Homes's single-minded talent for provocation.. People magazine called the novel "haunting,, Britain's The Observer found it "immensely disturbing". Writing in The Guardian in 2003, the writer Ali Smith called Homes' collection Things You Should Know "funny and glinting and masterful, light as air, strange as a dream, monstrous as truth: the real and classic thing.
Her journalism appears in magazines such as Artforum
, Vanity Fair
, and McSweeney's
, among others. In 2004, The New Yorker
published "The Mistress's Daughter", an essay about Homes's meeting, after 31 years, the biological parents who had put her up for adoption
at birth. The essay eventually was expanded and published as a memoir in 2007.
Homes wrote for season two of the television drama series The L Word
. On July 20, 2007 she announced that she would be developing an HBO
series about the Hamptons
- "a cross between Desperate Housewives
and Grapes of Wrath