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The Heirs - A Novel

Susan Rieger

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

10h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:31


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:09


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:08


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:17


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:29


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:44


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:40


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:30


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:21


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:14


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:39


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:48


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:17


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:40


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:30


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:42


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:50


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:49


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:21


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:27


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:22


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

00:31