is funny, serious, well plotted and well written, sympathetic without being sentimental, thought-provoking and enjoyable; in short, that rare specimen every reader hopes for when opening a new book.”
— The Globe and Mail
“An intelligent, darkly comic and richly entertaining read.”
— Edmonton Journal
“In her portrait of an obsessive and manipulative school teacher [in Notes on a Scandal
] . . . Heller displayed her undeniable gift for creating human beings who behave dreadfully. She’s at it again with The Believers
— Calgary Herald
“Heller’s skewering of left-wing hypocrisy is so devilishly hilarious.”
— Toronto Star
“Heller has a way with characters. . . . Her fine prose appears effortless.”
— The Boston Globe
“An astonishingly well-observed, slow burner, it’s virtuoso prose compressed and beautiful.”
— The Guardian
“Relevant, expansive, and subtle. . . . A writer of consistently high-class, understated and shattering fiction.”
— Lionel Shriver, the Daily Telegraph
“Heller’s writing in The Believers
is never less than stunning: Her eye for detail and ear for dialogue are masterful, if unsettling.”
— National Post
“Heller is at her best here.”
— The Gazette
“Marriage, politics, religion - ha! . . . The Believers
is easily Heller’s most ambitious and satisfying book.”
— Globe and Mail
“Brilliant. . . . This novel’s blackly comic accounts . . . remind the reader of Ms. Heller’s ability, first glimpsed in [Notes on a Scandal
— The New York Times
“Funny, sharp, caustic, deft and ruthless.”
— The Mail on Sunday
“This is a novel rich in humour and packed with sparkling dialogue. Above all, it’s a funny and brilliant analysis of what makes families tick.”
— Sunday Express
“A brilliant, brilliant book.”
— Daily MailFrom the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
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.
Hailed by the Sunday Times (London) as "one of the outstanding novels of the year," The Believers explores big ideas with a light touch, delivering a tragic, comic family story as unsparing as it is filled with compassion.