The Heirs

The Heirs

Large Print - 2017
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Following The Divorce Papers, Rieger presents another engrossing family drama in this sweeping story of an upper-crust Manhattan couple, Rupert and Eleanor, and their five sons. All five shining stars-a doctor, a law professor, a trumpet prodigy, a Hollywood agent, and a prosecutor-went to Princeton and have their own adult relationships and issues. But Rupert's death leaves them grief struck, which worsens when another woman claiming that Rupert had fathered her two sons wants part of his estate. Family members react in different ways to the news; alternating chapters present their individual points of view and unfold tangential story lines. Eleanor details the fascinating tale of her first love, Jim, whom her family forbade her to marry because he was Jewish. And the chapters by Jim and the "other woman" enrich the reader with the details of their lives-balancing the other family members' perspectives. Verdict Brilliantly constructed and flawlessly written, -Rieger's novel brings all these moving parts together. The result is an emotional and satisfying story of how a complicated family and their outliers handle life's most pivotal moments. [See Prepub Alert, 11/27/16.]-Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC ℗♭ Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9781432844011
1432844016
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 23 cm

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“Thrilling erudite and compulsively readable”, The Heirs entertains from the first paragraph on, with wonderful pacing and interesting twists and turns. The story of this upper class New York City family is revealed through the eyes of several of the characters as they grieve the death of the f... Read More »


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jesspy
Nov 19, 2018

Very entertaining! I enjoyed reading about the dynamics of a big, (more than 2 kids), rich family. As well as children who work very hard to earn a better status in life. Also features mothers who are social climbers and snobby ones. Realities of life and society! There are gold nuggets about life in here.

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Memawrayne
Aug 23, 2018

An interesting plot to help reveal secrets of a family. It was like peeling an onion back, one layer at a time.

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brangwinn
Mar 25, 2018

So many secrets come to light after the death of a Manhattan lawyer. Not only about him but also about the mother. “What a tangled web, we weave….” This was an entertaining book.

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aliciamarie
Aug 24, 2017

The Heirs seemed like just my kind of book. An upper class NYC family with secrets! From reading the description I was so excited to receive an egalley from Netgalley to read and review.

This story opens with the death of a beloved father and husband. Each chapter is told by a different family member or close family friend, and secrets about his life are unraveled, showing that the perfect upper-class New York family weren't all that they seemed to be.

I had some pretty high expectations going into this read. I was quickly disappointed. Reading was very detailed and made for slow reading. There were so many characters to learn about and remember that I got confused and lost in the shuffle of a new character each chapter. Instead of revealing twists and turns I seemed to just read a typical soap opera about a privileged family.

What struck me was that although each chapter was dedicated to a specific character, I not once actually connected with a single one. While each character's layer made the overall story intriguing, it was very predictable.

I am somewhat torn on how to rate this. Though it was a predictable plot and pretty unrelatable on all levels, I did find some instances enjoyable. I would say this is a 3.5 to 4 star read for me. I did get this read in a span of a couple days also, so that has to count for something.

Susan Rieger's "The Heirs" is available now for purchase in ebook, hardcover, and paperback format. If you need a quick summer read that takes you away from reality, this is a great book to add to your stack!

Once again, I would like to thank Netgalley and Crown Publishing for providing me a copy to read and give my honest review.

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ownedbydoxies
Jul 05, 2017

I enjoyed this take on an 'ordinary' family, in which every member obviously has his/her own understanding or take on events, but I did wonder sometimes how everyone was so incredibly well-spoken, and would have preferred that once in a while they stumbled a little. Anyways, good book about a family with some secrets they hadn't shared.

debwalker May 30, 2017

Bad dad. With a second family. Readable literary fiction and a great summer read!

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