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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.
“The Latecomer is consistently surprising. Its protagonists reinvent themselves with astonishing ingenuity. Fair warning to readers seeking “likable characters”: The people here are fierce, and they fight dirty. The Oppenheimers dare you to love them – and even when you don’t, you cannot look away. Korelitz combines moral inquiry with social satire. Like Wharton, she invites the reader to reflect, even as she paints a picture of privilege. A sumptuously wrapped gift, “The Latecomer” is a Gilded Age novel for the 21st century.” — Allegra Goodman ― New York Times Book Review
Korelitz deftly limns this tension-riddled setup and the resulting Oppenheimer family dysfunction . . . The resolution, complete with a wedding, persuasively and touchingly affirms that even the most damaged people can grow and change. ― Kirkus
The New York Times bestselling author of The Plot (whose 2014 novel, You Should Have Known, was turned into the HBO series The Undoing) returns with a novel about a rich New York City family whose lives are upended when the parents decide to have a fourth child-when their triplets are 18. If you thrive on tales of dysfunction and privilege told with humor and tenderness-and let’s face it, who doesn’t?-it’ll be tough to wait until May, the publication month for this eagerly awaited novel ― Oprah Daily, ‘The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2022’
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
It’s a slow burn, but this complex and layered story of the Oppenheimer family is worth hanging on through every torturous turn. ― Good Housekeeping –This text refers to the paperback edition.
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, The New York Times bestselling author of The Female Persuasion
“If this novel is funny, it is also cutting, a nearly forensic study of family conflict. Husband and wife are at odds; children pull away not only from their parents but from one another. Nimbly, Korelitz juggles the stories of each parent and child, weaving a tapestry of secrets, antipathies and private quests. … It’s testament to Korelitz’s achievement that her novel leaves us wanting more.”
—New York Times Book Review
By the time we’re done with these siblings, their lives have been turned inside out, and all their stored-up junk and secret treasures have been sorted, culled and curated for this immensely enjoyable sojourn with a truly memorable family.
–Ron Charles, The Washington Post, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s ‘The Latecomer’ offers wit in triplicate
It’s a marvelous story full of plot twists, intricacies, and depth in events that the reader will not see coming. Perfect for fans of character-based novels such as those by Sally Rooney or Lauren Groff.
Korelitz (The Plot) returns with an irresistible dramedy of errors about a singularly unhappy family. This is a sizzler.
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
It’s a slow burn, but this complex and layered story of the Oppenheimer family is worth hanging on….
—Good Housekeeping, The 30 Best and Most-Anticipated Books of 2022 (So Far)
An ingenious family epic.
[A] dazzling work of literary excellence from master of the written word Jean Hanff Korelitz.
—Good Morning America, 15 new reads to add to your reading list this month
Korelitz (The Plot) enthralls once again with this delicious family saga.
The author of “The Plot” returns with a novel that skewers privilege and offers delights on every page.
–This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the bestselling author of the novels A Jury Of Her Peers, The Sabbathday River, The White Rose, Admission, and most recently the New York Times bestseller You Should Have Known, as well as Interference Powder, a novel for middle grade readers, and The Properties of Breath, a collection of poetry. A film version of Admission starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Lily Tomlin was released in 2013.
www.jeanhanffkorelitz.com, Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and educated at Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of seven novels, including The Devil and Webster, You Should Have Known (adapted as the 2020 HBO series The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as the 2013 film of the same name, starring Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin and Paul Rudd), The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers. With Paul Muldoon she adapted James Joyce’s The Dead as an immersive theatrical event, The Dead 1904. She and her husband, poet Paul Muldoon, are the parents of two children and live in New York City. A new novel, The Latecomer, will be published in 2022.–This text refers to the paperback edition.
The new page-turner from the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot andYou Should Have Known, which became the major hit series The Undoing–This text refers to the paperback edition.