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The Altruists

(2019)
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'Reading Andrew Ridker’s debut novel, you soon realise you’re in the presence of a new talent.' The Times

Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can't afford his mortgage, he's exasperated his new 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.

Spanning New York, Paris, Boston, St. Louis, and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe, The Altruists is a razor-sharp, darkly funny family saga from a sparkling new talent.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"It’s frankly a little unfair that a writer so young should be this talented. Not only does Andrew Ridker have a sharp eye for the absurdities and contradictions of 21st century America, but he also delivers a heartfelt and compassionate story about a family shattered by loss, now finding their awkward way back to each other. I cared so much for these people, their traumas and betrayals, their public humiliations and private failures. The Altruists is a truly remarkable debut." - Nathan Hill

"Andrew Ridker has a lot to say about the way we live now. The result is one of those super-brilliant, super-funny novels one enjoys in the manner of a squirrel with an especially delicious acorn. I found myself trying to get out of every activity and responsibility just to come back to this novel." - Gary Shteyngart


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September 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Altruists (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
ISBN: 1-4328-6798-9 / 978-1-4328-6798-0 (USA edition)
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March 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Altruists
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ISBN: 1-78733-045-1 / 978-1-78733-045-0 (UK edition)
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March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Altruists: A Novel
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
ISBN: 0-525-52271-9 / 978-0-525-52271-3 (USA edition)
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March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Altruists
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
ISBN: 1-78470-754-6 / 978-1-78470-754-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Altruists: A Novel
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
ISBN: 0-525-52273-5 / 978-0-525-52273-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Altruists
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
ISBN: 1-78733-168-7 / 978-1-78733-168-6 (UK edition)
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Altruists: A Novel
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
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Title: The Altruists: A Novel
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Altruists
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Altruists: A Novel
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
Publisher: Penguin Books
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