The Altruists

The Altruists 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

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  • Author: Andrew Ridker
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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 bequeathe 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Or buy for 304 pages Expected publication March 5th 2019 by Viking More Details Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Altruists by Andrew Ridker Release date Mar 05, 2019 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, 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 Enter for a chance to win one of 100 advanced reader copies of THE ALTRUISTS Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book The Millions Most Anticipated The Great First Half 2019 Book Preview January March 84 books 12 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 48 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 10, 2018 Natalie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Ridker has written one of the finest novels I have read about a family, highly dysfunctional, dealing with the death of the matriarch Despite Francine Klein s death, she is the center of the novel and as a reader I identified very strongly with her.Her husband Arthur is a cheat, a liar and a failure He had never been a good father but after her death, he becomes entrenched in his own narcissistic world He has a girlfriend, clearly there to replace Francine since he cannot live without a Ridker has written one of the finest novels I have read about a family, highly dysfunctional, dealing with the death of the matriarch Despite Francine Klein s death, she is the center of the novel and as a reader I identified very strongly with her.Her husband Arthur is a cheat, a liar and a failure He had never been a good father but after her death, he becomes entrenched in his own narcissistic world He has a girlfriend, clearly there to replace Francine since he cannot live without a caregiver and needs another woman to keep him company.Her son, Ethan, becomes reclusive and turns inward He is no longer able to work, or do much that is normal Daughter, Maggie, punishes herself by taking demeaning jobs and starving herself to the point of fainting She has lost her friends and has no goals, other than turning herself towards altruistic martyrdom.Finally they come together in a scene that is the climax of the novel, but the author manages to make this dramady so much that even this becomes a catalyst for the 3 characters to move on and find closure.It reminded me of This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper in the way the family deals with death, but within their own quirky personalities There is drama, but always humor.The reader is transported back to their earlier lives and the 4 are well developed, without extraneous characters, just the necessary sketches as those around them, as they are viewed by the central characters, Somehow this is all woven together seamlessly, beautifully written The author makes extensive use of foreshadowing, which I found made the book even engrossing.I look forward to recommending this to all my book groups and to those seminars that deal with grief and mourning This was truly a marvelous read, thank you NetGalley for this opportunity I look forward to novels by this author flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Ashley Bergman Carlin rated it liked it Ridker is a good writer and this is a good, but not great, debut He writes from the perspectives of 4 characters and excels at the son and flounders with the daughter who has a scene that displays such a lack of self awareness that she comes across as a 7 year old and it s not very believable.It s your typical dysfunctional family novel and there s nothing too exciting here, though a subplot that takes place in Zimbabwe is pretty stellar Some great prose, though, and I ll be curious to see w Ridker is a good writer and this is a good, but not great, debut He writes from the perspectives of 4 characters and excels at the son and flounders with the daughter who has a scene that displays such a lack of self awareness that she comes across as a 7 year old and it s not very believable.It s your typical dysfunctional family novel and there s nothing too exciting here, though a subplot that takes place in Zimbabwe is pretty stellar Some great prose, though, and I ll be curious to see what Ridker does next flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 DeShawn Winslow rated it it was amazing This is a wonderful novel It tackles topics such as parenthood, loss, socio economic class, academia, sexual identity, sibling rivalry and love I enjoyed all four of the main characters What a captivating book I highly recommend reading this when it s out this spring flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 07, 2018 James Beggarly rated it really liked it review of another edition Really nice debut novel about a father, brother and daughter who slowly come undone in their lives with the death of the mother Smart and sharp and told with a wealth of humor throughout flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Erin rated it it was amazing What a pure pleasure to read The best books create complex characters that stir empathy but whose flaws may hit uncomfortably close to home this is one of those works Well paced, devastatingly funny, with depictions of familial relationships that are both startlingly new and achingly familiar The only thing I was left wanting at the end of this book was One of those rare reads about life today that feels fresh and true A spectacular debut, highly recommended flag Like see review Jan 14, 2019 Emma rated it liked it It was very well written I didn t like anyone in it While I understand that relatability and likeability are subjective, not quality relevant terms, the larceny operating in the central figures was off putting I liked the writing style, the characterization of hypocritical modernity was right on the nose, and it made me a little sad flag Like see review Karen rated it really liked it Jan 21, 2019 Rebecca rated it liked it Oct 29, 2018 Sanjena Sathian rated it it was amazing Jan 06, 2019 Jean rated it really liked it Nov 11, 2018 Amanda rated it it was amazing Oct 03, 2018 Lee Cole rated it it was amazing Jan 29, 2019 Elizabeth Sile rated it really liked it Nov 27, 2018 Rebekah Frumkin rated it it was amazing Oct 29, 2018 Jan 01, 2019 Annarella rated it really liked it review of another edition A very good debut.It s well written, engaging and quite entertaining.I liked the style of writing and the humour in this book.The cast of characters was not really likeable but they were complex and interesting, very well written.The plot was interesting and there s never a moment of bore.I look forward to reading other books by this writer.Recommended Many thanks to Random House UK and Netgalley for this ARC flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 cenninsbookreviews aka Book Dragon Queen rated it really liked it review of another edition Interesting read You will certainly offer an opinion of both this book and of the characters.Thank you to both NetGalley and Random House for my eARC in exchange for my honest unbiased review flag Like see review Allison rated it it was amazing Oct 11, 2018 Danka rated it liked it Dec 24, 2018 Smetanka marked it as to read May 07, 2017 Patricia Ann marked it as to read Sep 05, 2017 Kylie marked it as to read Feb 07, 2018 Grim marked it as to read Apr 27, 2018 Lydia added it Jul 02, 2018 Nikola marked it as to read Jul 21, 2018 Taylor Berry marked it as to read Jul 25, 2018 Rachel marked it as to read Jul 25, 2018 Claire added it Aug 17, 2018 Brittney marked it as to read Aug 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    Altruism Definition of Altruism by Merriam Webster Altruism Has Roots in Latin and French Altruism refers to a quality possessed by people whose focus is on something other than themselves, and its root reveals the object of those generous tendencies.Altruism derives from the French word autrui, meaning other people.Autrui in turn developed from the Old French term autre, which means other and which itself comes from Latin Altruists Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon Wiki Altruists is the fifth Adult Party Cartoon episode which, along with Stimpy s Pregnant and Naked Beach Frenzy, didn t originally air on TNN, but they did air overseas, specifically Fox Italy and MTV Poland. Effective altruism Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that uses evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to benefit others Effective altruism encourages individuals to consider all causes and actions and to act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact, based upon their values It is the broad, evidence based approach that distinguishes effective altruism List of the most urgent global problems , Hours List of the most urgent global problems If you want to maximise your chance of having a big positive impact with your career, it s important to work on a global Peter Singer The why and how of effective altruism TED Video Reporter It s a story that s deeply unsettled millions in China footage of a two year old girl hit by a van and left bleeding in the street by passersby, footage too graphic to be shown. Abigail Marsh Why some people are altruistic than The actions of the man who rescued me meet the most stringent definition of altruism, which is a voluntary, costly behavior motivated by the desire to help another individual. What makes someone donate a kidney to a stranger The That helped researchers conclude that the altruists simply don t value strangers less than they value people they are close to They don t tend to view a stranger or even an acquaintance as Altruism Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for happiness of other human beings and or animals, resulting in a quality of life both material and spiritual.It is a traditional virtue in many cultures and a core aspect of various religious traditions and secular worldviews, though the concept of others toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions. EA NYU We are effective altruists at NYU who are passionate about answering the question How can I do the most amount of good We recognize that Altruist Definition of Altruist by Merriam Webster Recent Examples on the Web Inevitably, even effective altruists have to accept a degree of uncertainty about the impact of their donation The Economist, Can effective altruism maximise the bang for each charitable buck , June Effective altruists fret that their movement might, in fact, have very limited appeal

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    1. Ridker has written one of the finest novels I have read about a family, highly dysfunctional, dealing with the death of the matriarch Despite Francine Klein s death, she is the center of the novel and as a reader I identified very strongly with her.Her husband Arthur is a cheat, a liar and a failure He had never been a good father but after her death, he becomes entrenched in his own narcissistic world He has a girlfriend, clearly there to replace Francine since he cannot live without a Ridker [...]


    2. Ridker is a good writer and this is a good, but not great, debut He writes from the perspectives of 4 characters and excels at the son and flounders with the daughter who has a scene that displays such a lack of self awareness that she comes across as a 7 year old and it s not very believable.It s your typical dysfunctional family novel and there s nothing too exciting here, though a subplot that takes place in Zimbabwe is pretty stellar Some great prose, though, and I ll be curious to see w Rid [...]


    3. This is a wonderful novel It tackles topics such as parenthood, loss, socio economic class, academia, sexual identity, sibling rivalry and love I enjoyed all four of the main characters What a captivating book I highly recommend reading this when it s out this spring


    4. Really nice debut novel about a father, brother and daughter who slowly come undone in their lives with the death of the mother Smart and sharp and told with a wealth of humor throughout.


    5. What a pure pleasure to read The best books create complex characters that stir empathy but whose flaws may hit uncomfortably close to home this is one of those works Well paced, devastatingly funny, with depictions of familial relationships that are both startlingly new and achingly familiar The only thing I was left wanting at the end of this book was One of those rare reads about life today that feels fresh and true A spectacular debut, highly recommended


    6. It was very well written I didn t like anyone in it While I understand that relatability and likeability are subjective, not quality relevant terms, the larceny operating in the central figures was off putting I liked the writing style, the characterization of hypocritical modernity was right on the nose, and it made me a little sad.


    7. A very good debut.It s well written, engaging and quite entertaining.I liked the style of writing and the humour in this book.The cast of characters was not really likeable but they were complex and interesting, very well written.The plot was interesting and there s never a moment of bore.I look forward to reading other books by this writer.Recommended Many thanks to Random House UK and Netgalley for this ARC


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