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The Believers by Zoë Heller
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Jun 06, 2010

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Read from May 11 to 13, 2010

I love realistic novels set in the present day; I feel there are all too few. I'm glad to have come across this excellent specimen, which deals with the family members of a leftist attorney who is a secular Jew. The novel is about people who have strong convictions, whether political or religious, and the impact of those convictions on their lives. It's a novel that explores, rather than exhorts; it's also a novel that creates memorable characters. In an author interview appended to the book Heller is asked about her penchant for "unlikeable" characters; I loved her slightly defensive answer: "I, at least, have great affection for them." So do I.
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message 1: by Dvora (new)

Dvora Kat, I will be interested to know what you think of it. I just finished her book Notes on a Scandal (a car boot sale find) and thought it was excellent.

message 2: by Kat (new) - rated it 3 stars

Kat I'll let you know what I think when I'm done--so far I'm really liking it.

message 3: by Dvora (new)

Dvora Very interesting. The topic is even more appealing to me than Notes on a Scandal was. I would be interested in reading something else by her in any case because I thought the other book was excellent. I'm putting this on my list to obtain.

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