Hello everyone! ❤
I’m back with yet another review! I was so afraid I wouldn’t like this book but I was saved! It is so not cool to go through a week of exams reading something that you do not like. I am so drowning in my studies that I don’t get to post as regularly as I should. I want to thank all of you who have tagged me to do an award or a tag. I’m really excited to do them! In fact, I have already started writing some of the posts. They just lack editing and correcting though. I’ll get to them as soon as I have more time, promise!
Oh and I should maybe mention one of my current favorites: Full House! I should’ve watched it sooner but the number of episodes was intimidating. Somehow I always end up watching sitcoms during exams (bad idea!!) but I don’t regret it. I freakin’ love it!!
Now without further ado, let’s talk “The Heirs”!
Title: The Heirs
Author: Susan Rieger
Publication date: May 23rd, 2017
N° of pages: 272 pages
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.
Review | Oh man do I love family drama! First of all, look at the book cover! It isn’t anything superfluous but I love the colors! Ever since I’ve seen The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore’s book cover, I’m in love with turquoise on books (especially if mixed with gold)! Which reminds me! The Nest (which is also about a dysfunctional family) by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney also has a blue/green cover with a touch of gold, is this a “thing”?
“I’ve always thought curiosity was jealousy in sheep’s clothing. The will to possess or control or annihilate.”
I wasn’t expecting much from this book since I have never read anything by the author before and I think it explains why I never like to delve into a book knowing too much about the author or the book and that’s because high expectations usually lead me to disappointments. It didn’t take me long to get interested in the story but I’ve got to admit it’s because I love family drama and different perspectives in a book. It still was clear from the beginning that something was going on in that family and I NEEDED to know it. The first chapter was all about Eleanor Phipps, wife of Rupert Falkes and mother of five boys: Will, Harry, Sam, Tom and Jack. The book starts right after his death. We get to know a little bit about the characters and then we get to meet this woman who claims to have had a relationship with him in the past and so we get to see how the family he’s lived with most of his life is reacting to those news, the news of a “second family”.
“Do men ever die for love that way, or only women?” he asked. He slid into a chair across the table from her.
Eleanor thought for a moment. It was a more interesting question than she had expected. “Not in novels, only in life.”
“I think I might die for love,” he said.
She finally smiled at him. “Heroically? Sacrificially?” she said.
“I’d like to think so, but that’s not what I meant. I meant dying from loss,” he said.
“How can you know that about yourself?” she asked. “Have you ever been in love?”
He shook his head. “Emotions are treacherous. I like to keep things cool.”
I’ve personally loved Eleanor. I found her so bright, well read, witty and so “femme fatale” if I dare say. I kept liking her more and more. She reacted to things differently! I loved her relationship with her sons and also how she’s very loyal when it comes to people she loves. Through her story and her husband’s Rupert, I couldn’t help but think that you can never know a person well enough and I think that’s what the book is trying to tell us. There are some other characters that I loved or rather loved their friendship with one of the main characters because it put in a dose of cuteness in the story. I don’t know, I just found it cute how Rupert was fond of Francie and Sam of Susanna and Edward, his grandfather. Sam’s relationship with Edward actually reminded me a lot of Rory and Richard in Gilmore Girls!
There are also some characters I absolutely hated: Sam’s boyfriend Andrew and the woman who claimed to be the mother of Rupert’s other two sons: Vera. I think I mentionned on Twitter how mentally kicking someone is a thing (expression found in The Heirs!) and this is what I was doing to Vera and Andrew in my mind: mentally kicking them! They couldn’t be any more annoying! I did find it a bit odd for this family to be so perfect though! I mean, five sons and they all turn out to be really really successful? I don’t know, I sure would’ve wished for a bit more imperfection, not that I am jealous or anything! 😂
“The surgeons had started calling the oncologists the Brotherhood of Dracula; the oncologists responded by calling the surgeons the Sisterhood of Frankenstein.”
It is definitely not fast paced but I don’t think it’s a problem in this book. The slow pace actually fits very well this particular story. Sure, at first, it bothered me a bit but then the writing is beautiful and so I just kept on reading and reading. Besides, I really enjoyed spending time with the characters and especially knowing more about Eleanor’s story. I think It’s the story that caught more my attention. More than the woman who came to claim money for her boys I mean. I just loved knowing more about her. It didn’t take me long to read the book after I got interested in Eleanor. I’ve read this book in three sittings which probably added up to four hours and it was delightful! All of this actually made me want to read more books by Susan Rieger because she’s done such an amazing job with all of the descriptions and the character growth that we get while reading The Heirs.
Oh and I almost forgot! This book being set mostly in the 50s, you get loads of good music and movies recommendations! I literally went like “OMG” whenever I saw a title there I recognized AND loved. I think I need more books set in the 50s now.
This book was provided to me by Crown Publishing, Blogging for Books and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.