The Believers (2009) In The Believers , the setting is post-9/11 New York. And while celebrity lawyer Joel Litvinoff lies in a stroke-induced coma, his wife, three grown… 2009-03-03 Fiction HarperCollins
Book Review

The Believers (2009)

The Believers by Zoë Heller
The Believers by Zoë Heller
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Mar 03, 2009; Writer: Zoe Heller; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

In The Believers, the setting is post-9/11 New York. And while celebrity lawyer Joel Litvinoff lies in a stroke-induced coma, his wife, three grown kids, and various significant others gather to — well, to be themselves. Each self-involved, status-conscious character in this marvelous, bighearted, gimlet-eyed novel is committed to this, that, or the other worldview, and is rightfully deserving of skewering — and compassion. But then, aren't we all, in our fumbling search for identity? Zoë Heller, the author of What Was She Thinking?, grants the Litvinoffs the dignity of wearing their political and religious (or antireligious) beliefs like sacred amulets. Or is it fashionable costume jewelry? A

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