The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman
When their reclusive father, Henry, shoots himself, the lives of three brilliant and unconventional siblings are upended. His daughter Eleanor finds a will: Henry has left his entire estate to a mystery woman. Hiding this from her brother and sister, Eleanor sets out to uncover the confronting truth about her father's past.
Henry, though, isn't the only Hoffman with secrets. As his children fall out over their inheritance, they learn things about each other they could never even have imagined.
The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman is a story of love, loss and survival. Its subjects are those that affect us all: family conflict, guilt and redemption, and how trauma resonates across generations.
Terrific storytelling. I could not put it down. And the legal bits are completely, brutally, plausible. -- Julian Burnside
John Tesarsch’s impressive novel moves between the bushfire-threatened outskirts of Melbourne to wartime Vienna and San Francisco during the global financial crisis, in a search for resolution of a family crisis that reveals the deeper crises of our volatile times. It is a vivid and engaging work. -- Brenda Walker
John Tesarsch is a writer and barrister. He used to be a professional cellist based in Vienna, but had to give up music due to a debilitating allergy to the rosin used on cello bows. He returned to Melbourne to study Law and became a barrister, then was diagnosed with tongue cancer and spent a year undergoing extensive treatments. His first novel, The Philanthropist, was published in 2010 and received much critical acclaim.