ADII just finished the novel A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon, which reaffirmed why I love reading so much. Ms. Hershon’s novel is an accomplished, literate and engrossing work of fiction that creates a world of strong characters and compelling situations that make the act of reading so fulfilling.

Unlike much of today’s popular fiction, A Dual Inheritance is relatable and believable as at its core it is a simple story about relationships between close friends and how complex they can be over time. Whether or not we can relate to the world in which the main characters live (Ivy League privilege, African relief workers, New York sophisticates, etc.), this book tells a story of relationships that span the second half of the century just past with such heart and honesty we can see connections to people in our own lives.

About A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon: “Autumn 1962: Ed Cantowitz and Hugh Shipley meet in their final year at Harvard. Ed is far removed from Hugh’s privileged upbringing as a Boston Brahmin, yet his drive and ambition outpace Hugh’s ambivalence about his own life. These two young men form an unlikely friendship, bolstered by a fierce shared desire to transcend their circumstances. But in just a few short years, not only do their paths diverge—one rising on Wall Street, the other becoming a kind of global humanitarian—but their friendship ends abruptly, with only one of them understanding why. Can a friendship define your view of the world? Spanning from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the present-day stock market collapse, with locations as diverse as Dar es Salaam, Boston, Shenzhen, and Fishers Island, A Dual Inheritance asks this question, as it follows not only these two men, but the complicated women in their vastly different lives. And as Ed and Hugh grow farther and farther apart, they remain uniquely—even surprisingly—connected.”

A Dual Inheritance is one of those novels where plot is not the main focus. Ms. Hershon’s novel is about people and relationships which transcends conventions of popular fiction. I was involved in the lives of these characters and that is best I can ever ask from a novel.

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