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The Latecomer

By: Jean Hanff Korelitz
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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From the New York Times best-selling 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 add a fourth child to the family. 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.

©2022 Jean Hanff Koreliz (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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"Jean Hanff Korelitz is an ambidextrous writer: not only can she write a tight and absorbing literary thriller like The Plot, but with The Latecomer she draws us in again, this time with her ease, grace and wit, in a satisfying novel that spans generations, lives and fates." (Meg Wolitzer, New York Times best-selling author of The Female Persuasion)

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  • Zebra Karma
  • 08-23-22

What a joy

If you are looking for a summer read to lose yourself in, this wonderful novel could be it. Proper old-fashioned family saga with super modern twists, intriguing characters and satisfying plot twists. Highly recommend.

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  • Daniel W.
  • 08-22-22

Brilliant

I love a multi-generational story, and this is one of the very best I've read. The plotting is excellent, the pacing of the reveals too. Even though I saw them coming, the twists were still very enjoyable when they arrived.

The audiobook production is also spot-on. Perfect quality, and the narrator's accents for dialogue are in just the right point between being noticeably distinct and jerking you out of the story.

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  • Joshua Crouthamel
  • 08-29-22

Favorite in a long time!

I was surprised, I was transfixed, I enjoyed every minute.

Combine Julia Whelan (I don’t know why the intro guy got her name’s pronunciation wrong) and a great story (this author is new to me but gave me all of the best of Jonathan Franzen, with a subtle touch of Succession) and I was in from the start.