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Enjoyable and absorbing, I even enjoyed the harridan mother!,
This review is from: The Believers (Paperback)`The Believers' is the portrait of a family who seem unable to communicate with each other and how they each cope following the death of the Father. Audrey, the Mother, is largely unsympathetic but is faced with having to re-evaluate her forty-year marriage following a revelation after the death. Karla, one of the daughters, is trying for a baby, battling with her weight and poor self-image and is struggling with her feelings regarding an unlikely suitor. Rosa, another daughter, is trying to come to terms with her feelings about religion and adopted son, Lenny, is back on drugs again.
Each family member is facing changes in their life and each must ask themselves what they believe in.
I greatly enjoyed Heller's earlier novel `Notes on a Scandal' and this novel didn't disappoint. Heller doesn't attempt to make characters palatable which is a brave move that seems to pay off in both this and her earlier book. Although the `revelation' wasn't much of a revelation for me it did give a focus to the book which was of benefit.
This might be a book which is better suited to those who like character driven novels rather than plot-driven and I found it very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to her next book!