“If it’s the truth, it has to be right for me, doesn’t it? If you thought you’d found the truth about something, would you walk away from it just because it wasn’t the truth you particularly wanted or expected to find?”
When radically left-wing lawyer Joel Litvinoff suffers a stroke and falls into a months-long coma, his caustic wife, Audrey, and their three adult children discover a secret that affects each and every one of them.
All her life, Audrey has had a knack for assimilating anything to her world view, and now she’s forced to confront a truth that threatens to destroy her firmly held convictions.
With clever insights and sharp dialogue, Heller dares to tell a story about a group of unlikable, cynical, judgmental characters as they struggle with faith and doubt, desperate to find meaning in what has become of their lives, even if it means breaking down the beliefs that have shaped their carefully constructed identities.
Heller is an excellent writer, and if you like books about dysfunctional families, this is well worth a read. There are some books that have you counting down the seconds until you can read more, and while this wasn’t one of them for me, each time I picked it back up I became quickly absorbed.