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The altruists : a novel

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A vibrant and perceptive novel about a father's plot to win back his children's inheritance. Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can't afford his mortgage, he's exasperated his much-younger 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--memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together. Spanning New York, Paris, Boston, St. Louis, and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe, The Altruists is a darkly funny (and ultimately tender) family saga in the tradition of Jonathan Franzen and Jeffrey Eugenides, with shades of Philip Roth and Zadie Smith. It's a novel about money, privilege, politics, campus culture, dating, talk therapy, rural sanitation, infidelity, kink, the American beer industry, and what it means to be a "good person."

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2 current holds with 5 total copies.
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Honeoye Public Library FIC (Text)
New Adult Fiction
52120300367144
On holds shelf
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Lima Public Library FIC RID (Text)
Adult Fiction
32139002039376
Checked out
07/09/2019
Naples Library FIC RID (Text)
New Fiction
52124300365140
On holds shelf
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Ontario Public Library FIC RID (Text)
Adult New Materials
52126300760378
Available
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Williamson Public Library FIC RID (Text)
Adult New Materials
52152300713779
Checked out
07/03/2019

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