The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman

The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman

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When Henry Hoffman kills himself, he upends the lives of his three brilliant and unconventional children. Afterwards, his daughter Eleanor discovers his will, in which he has left his entire estate to a woman she has never heard of before. Hiding it from her siblings, she sets out to solve this mystery, and to unearth the confronting truth about her reclusive father's past. But Henry isn't the only Hoffman with secrets. In the months that follow, his children learn things about each other they could never previously have imagined.
Publisher: South Melbourne, Victoria, Affirm Press,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781922213884
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 22 cm.

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wendybradley
Jan 03, 2018

Why did I find this such a satisfying read? Certainly it was well written, had me turning the pages and not wanting to put it down until I finished it. I loved the sense of geographic familiarity, talking about places I was familiar with in Melbourne. The change of scene to Vienna and to America gave sense to the book, and added to my understanding about the lives of the characters. Each person in the story was human, and exhibited flaws, yet I remained sympathetic to each one. There was one I had no sympathy with, and he was the lawyer in charge of the complex legal tangle that was the crux of the book and the cause of the title.

I'm going to read the author's first book as soon as I can get my hands on it, and then wait for the ones to follow.

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