The believers / Zoë Heller.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Heller, Zoe.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York, NY : Harper, c2008.
Edition:[1st US ed.].
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Heller (What Was She Thinking?; Notes on a Scandal) puts to pointed use her acute observations of human nature in her third novel, a satire of 1960s idealism soured in the early 21st century. Audrey and Joel Litvinoff have attempted to pass on to their children their lefty passions--despite Audrey's decidedly bourgeois attitude and attorney Joel's self-satisfied heroism, including the defense of a suspected terrorist in 2002 New York City. When Joel has a stroke and falls into a coma, Audrey grows increasingly nasty as his secrets surface. The children, meanwhile, wander off on their own adventures: Rosa's inherited principles are beleaguered by the unpleasant realities of her work with troubled adolescents; Karla, her self-image crushed by Audrey, has settled into an uncomfortable marriage and the accompanying pressure to have children; and adopted Lenny, the best metaphor for the family's troubles, dawdles along as a drug addict and master manipulator. Though some may be initially put off by the characters' coldness--the Litvinoffs are a severely screwed-up crew--readers with a certain mindset will have a blast watching things get worse. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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