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Andrew Ridker
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The Altruists

Andrew Ridker


9781787331686

JONATHAN CAPE


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Sagas


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320 pages

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'Reading Andrew Ridker's debut novel, you soon realise you're in the presence of a new talent.' The Times 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.

By:   Andrew Ridker
Imprint:   JONATHAN CAPE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781787331686
ISBN 10:   1787331687
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Ridker was born in 1991. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, Guernica, Boston Review, The Believer and St. Louis Magazine, and he is the editor of Privacy Policy- The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics. He is the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. The Altruists is his first novel.


A whip-smart, wickedly funny and psychologically acute novel about the cost of doing good. The finale... hits the sweet spot between hilarity and pathos with particularly excruciating precision, but there's something to impress on every page. * Daily Mail * Reading Andrew Ridker's debut novel, you soon realise you're in the presence of a new talent... It's a novel about hypocrisy; about how complex power structures make hypocrites of us all, and about why it's important to accept that and love one another anyway... Ridker writes in crisp, sometimes side-splitting prose. * The Times * The Altruists [is] alive to the contradictions between morality and comfort that exist everywhere under global structures of capitalism and politics. * New Yorker * With a sharp eye for the absurdities of contemporary American culture... The Altruists boasts numerous charms, ranging from worthy ethical issues treated with an effective wryness to its rare, fond celebration of steamy St. Louis. Its ending is well-earned, and so are its life lessons, adding up to an unusually promising debut. -- Heller McAlpin * NPR * [A] smart novel with an impressive balance between satire and heart. -- Phil Baker * Sunday Times *

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