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The Latecomer

By Jean Hanff Korelitz
The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz
ISBN: 9781250790798
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ISBN: 9781250790798
The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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 distant 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.

Jean Hanff Korelitz
Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of the novels You Should Have Known (which aired on HBO in October 2020 The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as a film in 2013 starring Tina Fey), The Devil and Webster, The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers, as well as Interference Powder, a novel for children. Her company BOOKTHEWRITER hosts Pop-Up Book Groups in which small groups of readers discuss new books with their authors. She lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon.

Praise for Jean Hanff Korelitz


"Smart, original and a can’t miss."

Elin Hilderbrand

"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."

Library Journal
"[A] 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"

"An ingenious family epic."

Oprah Daily

"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)"

"Korelitz (The Plot) returns with an irresistible dramedy of errors about a singularly unhappy family. This is a sizzler."

Publishers Weekly, Starred

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