Free Shit Friday - The Believers

Friday, August 19, 2011
Today's Free Shit Friday offering is a First Edition copy of The Believers by Zoë Heller, compliments of my awesome local library's used book area.

When radical New York lawyer Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to reexamine everything she thought she knew about their forty-year marriage. Joel’s children will soon have to come to terms with this discovery themselves, but for the meantime, they are struggling with their own dilemmas and doubts.

Rosa, a disillusioned revolutionary, has found herself drawn into the world of Orthodox Judaism and is now being pressed to make a commitment to that religion. Karla, a devoted social worker hoping to adopt a child with her husband, is falling in love with the owner of a newspaper stand outside her office. Ne’er-do-well Lenny is living at home, approaching another relapse into heroin addiction.

In the course of battling their own demons—and one another—the Litvinoff clan is called upon to examine long-held articles of faith that have formed the basis of their lives together and their identities as individuals. In the end, all the family members will have to answer their own questions and decide what—if anything—they still believe in.

I have not read this volume - it's on my list (as is every book on the planet, I think), but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Da rules.

7 comments:

The Mechanicky Gal said...

Sign me up!

Stacey said...

sign me up

Michelle said...

Ok so I just stumbled on your blog by hitting that random button on my friend's blog, but so far I have at least been entertained... I hope to become a member in the near future for 3 entries instead of the 1 I have earned today...

P.S. I ramble a bit...which you would know if you ran across my blog instead of the other way around...

Janiece said...

Welcome, Michelle.

Rambling is kind of an occupational hazard around here. You'll fit right in.

Nathan said...

I want!

WendyB_09 said...

I'm in!

John the Scientist said...

When I saw the titel on the RSS feed, I assumed you were giving a free whack with the Shovel O'Doom to Camping and his followers...