Turning headline news into biting social satire, Jim Grimsley exposes the amorality of materialistic America in Forgiveness, a blackly comic tale of a bankrupt accounting executive who dreams of achieving stardom in the only way a pathetic failure can--by murdering his wife. As Charley Stranger imagines the crime, he fantasizes wildly unlikely encounters with celebrities--sharing marital woes with Nicole Kidman over a latte at Starbucks, being interviewed by Barbara Walters--while in real life his wife Carmine incessantly ridicules his inability to perform either in bed or in the marketplace. As Forgiveness veers to its shocking conclusion, it strips bare the corruption of the American Dream--the moral bankruptcy of corporate and political institutions, the hollowness of living in a media-saturated world, the delusion of buying love with luxury goods.
Praise for this book
"What a great pleasure it always is to watch Jim Grimsley's estimable sensibility at work observing and deconstructing the foibles and follies of modern culture. In Forgiveness he exposes, with devastating wit, our cult of body and of fame. This is a brilliant and important novel." - Robert Olen Butler
Used availability for Jim Grimsley's Forgiveness
February 2007 : USA Hardback
September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition