About The Heirs
Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch
Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him. In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure.
Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together — Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm — and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty – a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor’s sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all.
A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable, patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out Edith Wharton for the 21st century.
About the Author
SUSAN RIEGER is the author of the 2014 novel The Divorce Papers. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and has worked as a residential College Dean at Yale and as associate provost at Columbia. She lives in New York City with her husband, the writer David Denby.
Every Summer my biggest heart’s desire is to read a breath-taking book from the front cover to the back cover. I imagine myself relaxing on a long white beach chair by the ocean, listening to the waves beat against the sand, with a fruity cocktail with one of those colorful umbrellas peeking through my signature glass. I have my book of choice, new swimsuit, plenty of sunscreen as I just get totally lost in each staggering page. This is the special time to rediscover self care and bond with one of my first loves reading books.
This summer, I actually managed to tackle the wonderful novel “The Heirs,” by Susan Rieger. This is an unabashed novel of family, money, and secrets. The unstoppable novel opens with telling the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death if their patriarch.
I am super thankful that this shocking read came just in time for poolside reading, this book is like diving into a twisted tale of intrigue within a complicated family unit.
The overwhelming challenges of family loyalty, prestige, and inheritance are the true foundation of this riveting novel. I seemed to have fallen in love with each character, and had a bit of hate for each one in each gripping chapter. I actually slowly fell in love with the entire Falkes family.
I am so excited that Heirs is very entertaining and unlike any other book that is on my current summer reading list. I chose this book for that specific reason, when searching for that one absorbing page turner. Heirs is that thrillingly and compulsively sassy combination that is very hard to find at any book store.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.