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The Believers by Zoë Heller
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Oct 22, 10

Read in October, 2010

So, you bring this book on vacation. Your traveling companions notice you’re spending most every spare minute with it and ask what it’s about. “Oh, a family of radicals living in New York. The father’s a famous lawyer and the mother’s British. The kids are rebelling—one is converting to Orthodox Judaism and another’s a drug addict and the third is trying to adopt a kid.” You’re met with a puzzled look and no requests to borrow the book.

It’s hard to explain why this is a great read if you only talk about The Believers’ plot. Perhaps it would be better to talk about Audrey, the mother of the family who swears like a sailor, brought her now-husband to meet her parents the day after she met him, and who loves her adopted son more than her biological daughters. Or Karla, who has an eating disorder, a boring husband, and a new friendship with the older Middle Eastern shop owner at the hospital where she works. In any case, the pleasure of this book is not what happens, but in being along for the ride.
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