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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair

    I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon is a book that is definitely for you if you enjoyed books like Tigers in Red Weather and/or Rules of Civility.  The book spans from 1962-2010, and has a lot of that old American wealth, but with some twists.

    Here’s a brief synopsis: 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. 

    A Dual Inheritance is a book that spoke to me.  Ed is Jewish, from a poor background, and feels like all of his problems will be solved if only he had more money.  Hugh, on the other hand, is from a very well-known family and only wants to shed his financial obligations to help make the world a better place.

    But will they really find what makes them happy?

    There’s also another side story dealing with a female friendship, but I can’t say anything for fear of giving something away.

    A Dual Inheritance is an easy read and one that kept me interested throughout the whole book.

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    This book spans nearly five decades, traverses several countries

    This book spans nearly five decades, traverses several countries and follows two generations. The first two-thirds follow Hugh, Ed and Helen-- their years through college, and the years following graduation as they learn to navigate adulthood and marriage and family. The last third mostly follows their daughters' as they begin their own lives.

    Two young men meet while attending Harvard. Hugh Shipley comes from money, which really means nothing to him, and he's driven by a need to change the world somehow-- to make a difference. Ed Cantowitz was raised Jewish by a father who was an ex-boxer and a tough character. Ed covets what he doesn't have, and he desires money. On the surface, these two men couldn't seem more different. And yet they develop a relationship as close as brothers.

    I think this is probably one of my favorite books ever! The characters were so richly drawn, you truly felt you knew them, understanding their motives and the baggage they carry through life. The story was realistic, and I don't think there was a single moment when I had to suspend disbelief, thinking "Yeah, right."

    This story starts in 1962, and runs through 2010. It was fascinating to watch their lives progress over the years, to see how they changed, and yet how they remained the same. To see them through the eyes of their daughters. To view their parallel and yet opposing lives.

    Wonderful writing, straight-forward content, rich characters. A simply brilliant novel!

    My final word: This book was a full, rich story. Unadorned and engrossing, it gives a realistic portrayal of the lives of two men. I was constantly amazed at the details thrown in for the character development. Little twists and turns. Even things left out that leave you filling the blanks with little bits that you imagine happened-- things alluded to but never clarified. (There's a nice twist that my mind has decided to fill in, even though it was never even really alluded to.) What can I say? I just loved this book!

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