The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz


I love the cover. Look closely. What do you make of it? As the story unravels you’ll want to come back to look at this cover again. It’s brilliant.

THE LATECOMER is quite simply literary fiction at its best! You may have read THE PLOT by Korelitz. If so, you already know the genius of this author. She’s witty and smart and her characters are amazing. Nothing superficial here. Just a heaping spoonful of brilliance.

The story revolves around a Jewish family of note. The Oppenheimer triplets are born into a world made rich by their parents and their grandparents. Their beginning is not traditional. They are born through the miracle of IVF. Right from the get-go we find they do not like one another. But everyone says not to worry, they will grow out of it. Well, it only gets worse. Through the years we see they will do almost anything to stay clear of each other. Meanwhile, their father becomes more and more enmeshed with his own little world of art. He collects art that his wife can’t stand. Finally, he buys a warehouse to show case them just for himself. Throughout their lives their mother continues to live her life as if everyone is just fine, and happy. And dad becomes even more standoffish and simply not around.

THE LATECOMER is a very literary read, but, it’s very readable. Does that make sense?

These three children, two boys and “The girl” grow up with every possible privilege. The best schools and the most opportunities. When the story opens up as they leave home as adults, the shit hits the fan. Mom discovers dad has a secret life and she comes up with a plan of her own.

I don’t want to say more because honestly, it would give too much away.

This book is bound for glory in the book world. It’s important and wonderful.

My review copy arrived from Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan, in exchange for an honest review. It’s a real keeper.

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