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The Believers by Zoë Heller
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Feb 28, 2009

bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, read-2009
Recommended to Julie Christine by: NY Times
Read in May, 2009

I'm still thinking over what I want to say about this book. There is a review below by Beverly Nash that sums up many of my thoughts regarding the plot, characters and missed cultural references and mores, but the fact that I'm STILL mulling it over tells me it touched a chord.

I think the chord that resonates is Heller's writing, which is so readable and engaging, I click my heels and offer a smart salute to her crisp pace and unflinching prodding of her characters to get on with the messy business of living.

What left me rather cold was the gross insufferability of Audrey- she's a caricature of monolithic crudeness, rather than a multi-dimensional human being. I thought Heller took an easy way out by making Audrey and her coma-bound husband the satire and the troubled adult children Generation X scapegoats.

But then I considered the woman I served at a wine tasting last night and realized that yes, some people are just that insufferable.
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