Mating For Lefties
by Zoe Heller
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Zoë Heller is a witty, observant portraitist of misanthropes. She takes a bit of a risk with her brisk, showily unsentimental protagonists whose surface confidence hides layers of rage. Rage can be gripping and funny. But overconfidence in one’s harsh judgment of others and blindness to one’s own pursuit of vast, subterranean emotional needs are qualities tougher to reform and harder to warm up to, than, say, the emotional haplessness mined by Nick Hornby.
Yet there exist people who undernurture their children, who imagine they are strong and independent when they engage the world with barbed quips, and who discover when life plots for them an unforeseen loss that they have contributed to the pain of others and set their own pointless limits. The Believers, Heller’s third novel, gives us a family presided over
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