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(The Believers.pdf) The book opens with a prologue set in mid sixties London where Joel Litvinoff an American civil rights lawyer meets a young Englishwoman Audrey After a brief and apparently casual affair she decides to go to the United States and marry him br br The main narrative then commences in New York in Joel is and approaching the end of a long and illustrious career as an activist lawyer He and Audrey live in Greenwich Village and have three adult children two daughters Rosa and Karla and an adopted son Lenny Audrey is now an acid tongued domineering woman in late middle age who fiercely defends but never questions the political stance that has shaped her life Her most tender feelings appear to be directed towards Lenny a frequent drug user who is incapable of personal responsibility br br Karla the neglected and under appreciated oldest child is a social worker who is married not very happily to Mike They have been trying unsuccessfully to start a family Rosa works with disadvantaged young girls She is becoming increasingly interested in Judaism a faith rejected along with all others by her Jewish parents For this she is much derided by Audrey br br Joel suffers a stroke while in court and is in a coma for most of the time span covered by the book Audrey is convinced he is not getting proper care in the hospital and creates difficulties for its medical staff During this time of stress Karla s unhappiness with her marriage rises to the surface She begins an affair with Khaled originally from Egypt who runs a newspaper store at the hospital where they both work Rosa immerses herself in the study of Orthodox Judaism and though she finds many of its teachings difficult to accept though she perseveres A stranger Berenice Mason introduces herself to Audrey claiming that her son is Joel s illegitimate child Though Audrey initially dismisses her with contempt it emerges that her story is true and that Berenice has been receiving regular financial support from Joel br br Lenny is persuaded by Audrey s friend Jean to go to her country home in Pennsylvania for a month in order to get off drugs He makes great progress there and when Audrey visits he proposes settling in Pennsylvania permanently Appalled by the prospect of losing him Audrey does her best to discourage the idea Rosa abandons and then takes up again her studies in Orthodox Judaism deciding finally that she must pursue her religious intuitions br br Joel dies without regaining consciousness At his funeral which is attended by thousands Audrey gives a eulogy in which she celebrates her year marriage to her husband and makes a public acknowledgment of Berenice and her son At the reception afterwards Karla makes a last minute momentous decision regarding her own marriageDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Believers books for multiple devices.