The Altruists (Paperback)Andrew Ridker (author)
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'Reading Andrew Ridker's debut novel, you soon realise you're in the presence of a new talent.' The Times
Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can't afford his mortgage, he's exasperated his new girlfriend, and his kids won't speak to him. And then there's the money - the small fortune his late wife Francine kept secret, which she bequeathed directly to his children.
Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother's money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora's Box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm
Reading Andrew Ridker's debut novel, you soon realise you're in the presence of a new talent... It's a novel about hypocrisy; about how complex power structures make hypocrites of us all, and about why it's important to accept that and love one another anyway... Ridker writes in crisp, sometimes side-splitting prose. * The Times *
The Altruists, Andrew Ridker's intelligent, funny and remarkably assured first novel... [establishes him] as a big, promising talent... Ridker's ambitious blend of global perspective and intimate human comedy seems likely to evoke comparisons to the work of Jonathan Franzen and Nathan Hill. -- Stephen McCauley * New York Times Book Review *
[A] smart novel with an impressive balance between satire and heart. * Sunday Times *
This is a smart, knowing, tender first novel, full of immaculate comic timing and loquacious chutzpah. * Spectator *
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