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When radical New York lawyer Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to reexamine everything she thought she knew about their forty-year marriage. Joel’s children will soon have to come to terms with this discovery themselves, but for the meantime, they are struggling with their own dilemmas and doubts.

Rosa, a disillusioned revolutionary, has found herself drawn into the world of Orthodox Judaism and is now being pressed to make a commitment to that religion. Karla, a devoted social worker hoping to adopt a child with her husband, is falling in love with the owner of a newspaper stand outside her office. Ne’er-do-well Lenny is living at home, approaching another relapse into heroin addiction.

In the course of battling their own demons—and one another—the Litvinoff clan is called upon to examine long-held articles of faith that have formed the basis of their lives together and their identities as individuals. In the end, all the family members will have to answer their own questions and decide what—if anything—they still believe in.

Hailed by the Sunday Times (London) as "one of the outstanding novels of the year," The Believers explores big ideas with a light touch, delivering a tragic, comic family story as unsparing as it is filled with compassion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautiful, oftentimes hilarious, razor-precise portrait of a family, a city, and an examination of the eternal and universal urge to embrace something, anything, greater than ourselves.” 

    Richard Price, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Profoundly satisfying…Heller injects that difficult-to-pinpoint something-or-other that elevates soap opera to art…The Believers pulses with…something deep and lasting and larger than mere story.” 

    Lionel Shriver, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A moving, deeply intelligent look at intellectual loyalties-to ideology, religion, family-and the humans attached to them. This is a wonderful novel.”  

    Joseph O’Neill, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Tough, wise and funnyA sustaining, intelligent novel about how the big questions affect and change all our small lives.” 

    Anne Enright, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Heller brilliantly balances the lives of her characters, each brimming with contemptuous emotions and personal defeats, with the drama of a family unraveling at its center.”   


  • A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book of 2009
  • An Indie Next Notable Title
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About the Author

Zoë Heller is a feature writer, critic, and columnist. She currently writes a weekly column for the London Telegraph, for which she won the 2002 British Press Award for Columnist of the Year. Born in London, she now lives in New York City.