The Altruists (Hardback)
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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 07/03/2019
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A razor-sharp, darkly funny novel from a sparkling new talent 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. Spanning New York, Paris, Boston, St. Louis, and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe, The Altruists is a razor-sharp, darkly funny family saga from a sparkling new talent.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787330450
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm


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'Ridker's smashing debut follows the travails of the middle-class Jewish Alter family in their quest to discover how to be moral. Ridker tells his tale with humor, insight, and depth, making this a novel that will resonate with readers.' - Publishers Weekly

'Ridker meticulously peels away the scabs that have grown over the wounds of the [Alter family]... with compassion and piercing wit... A painfully honest, but tender, examination of how love goes awry in the places it should flourish.' - Kirkus

'Andrew Ridker has a lot to say about the way we live now. The result is one of those super-brilliant, super-funny novels one enjoys in the manner of a squirrel with an especially delicious acorn. I found myself trying to get out of every activity and responsibility just to come back to this novel.' - Gary Shteyngart

'It's frankly a little unfair that a writer so young should be this talented. Not only does Andrew Ridker have a sharp eye for the absurdities and contradictions of 21st century America, but he also delivers a heartfelt and compassionate story about a family shattered by loss, now finding their awkward way back to each other. I cared so much for these people, their traumas and betrayals, their public humiliations and private failures. The Altruists is a truly remarkable debut.' - Nathan Hill

'Beautifully written, with witty, pitch-perfect dialogue and fascinating characters, Ridker's impressive, deeply satisfying debut is an extraordinarily insightful look at a family broken apart by loss and struggling to find a way back to each other and themselves.' - Booklist

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“The Altruists”

Arthur Alter is a deeply deluded man. His children, Ethan and Maggie, are incredibly self absorbed and unsympathetic. They haven't been home since their mother's funeral, as they are appalled at... More

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“Andrew Ridker – The Altruists”

The Alters are a very special kind of family. As their telling name suggests, they want to be there for the others, alter in Latin, what leaves them in a complete mess. After mother Francine’s death, Arthur runs... More

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