by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 17 Aug 2022
*A New York Times Notable Book of 2022*
*A Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction*
*An NPR Best Book of the Year*
*A New Yorker Best Book of 2022*
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Latecomer is a layered and immersive literary novel about three siblings, desperate to escape one another, and the upending of their family by the late arrival of a fourth.
The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets born during the early days of IVF. As children, the three siblings – Harrison, Lewyn, and Sally – feel no strong familial bond and cannot wait to go their separate ways, even as their father becomes more distanced and their mother more desperate. When the triplets leave for college, Johanna, faced with being truly alone, makes the decision to have a fourth child. What role will the “latecomer” play in this fractured family?
A complex novel that builds slowly and deliberately, The Latecomer touches on the topics of grief and guilt, generational trauma, privilege and race, traditions and religion, and family dynamics. It is a profound and witty family story from an accomplished author, known for the depth of her character studies, expertly woven storylines, and plot twists.
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Excellent, I have a feeling this is going to blow up! Well written, entertaining, and intricately woven family drama with low stakes. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Have you ever loved a book so much, you're unable to describe it? It's just too close. Please apply that feeling to this review of The Latecomer: I could not/cannot get this family out of my head. The main characters, triplets who've never much cared for each other, are so real and flawed. Their backstory is heartfelt, their divergent paths are fascinating, and the narrator is *chefs kiss.*