Zoë Heller: The Believers

(Fiction, 352 pp. 2009)

After a prominent civil rights lawyer is left in a coma, his wife of forty years and their two daughters and adopted son are called upon to examine their lives together and their identities as individuals. When a dark secret involving the paterfamilias is revealed, the complex characters in this bitingly comic novel struggle to rediscover themselves.  

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  • Review by Tova Mirvis, The Jewish Reader, June 2009
  • Review by Jill Abramson, New York Times Book Review, March 8, 2009
  • Review by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, March 2, 2009
  • Review by Robin Vidimos, Denver Post, March 15, 2009
  • Review by Lisa Orkin Emmanuel, Sunday Gazette-Mail, March 8, 2009
  • Review by Ron Charles, Washington Post, March 4, 2009
  • Review by Connie Ogle, McClatchy-Tribune, March 11, 2009
  • Review by Joel Yanofsky, The Gazette, March 14, 2009
  • Jamie Portman profiles Zoe Heller
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