An engaging story of family and dysfunction with some lovely writing that includes occasional brilliant descriptive prose that took me by surprise and made me admire this writer.
The story, Ridker’s debut novel, spans several continents and decades as it wanders through the life of Francine, her husband Arthur and their children Ethan and Maggie.
Francine passes away of cancer and after her death the family learns that she has amassed a fortune in stock that even her husband knew nothing about. But in her will she gives it to her children and leaves nothing for her Professor husband who has never gained tenure and has lived his entire life regretting choices he made in his youth.
Ethan, gay and insecure, and Maggie, angry and dealing with an eating disorder, have zero relationship with their father following the funeral and thus the story unfolds as the author takes you through the inner thinkings, struggles and personalities as well as the mistakes and choices that have brought this family to where it is in this story; on the brink of disaster.
I enjoyed this book very much. I found this family sad, believable, pathetic, and endearing.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four stars for The Altruist: A Novel by Andrew Ridker
Read last week’s review of The Children of Blood and Bone.