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The Altruists

(2019)
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A New York Times Editors' Choice

"[An] intelligent, funny, and remarkably assured first novel.... [Andrew Ridker establishes] himself as a big, promising talent.... Hilarious.... Astute and highly entertaining.... Outstanding." (The New York Times Book Review)

"With humor and warmth, Ridker explores the meaning of family and its inevitable baggage. The Altruists may not paint the prettiest picture, but it's a relatable, unforgettable view of regular people making mistakes and somehow finding their way back to each other." (People Magazine's "Book of the Week")

A Real Simple Best Book of the Year (So Far)

Named a most anticipated book of 2019 by The Millions and PureWow.

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 that confronts the divide between baby boomers and their millennial offspring. 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."

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)
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Altruists
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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
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March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Altruists
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
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March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Altruists: A Novel
Author(s): Andrew Ridker
Publisher: Viking
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