January 12, 2022

The Latecomer Review

The Latecomer Review

Title: The Latecomer
Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz
Style:  Literary Fiction
Rating: 5/5

This novel is a beautifully crafted masterpiece.  It's the first novel I have read by Jean Hanff Korelitz and it won't be my last.  I was a little imitated by its size but I decided to give it a chance anyway and I am so glad I did.

It tells the story of the Oppenheimer triplets who were born during the early days of IVF.  Harrison, Lewyn, and Sally do not feel the typical sibling bond that is common among triplets and they can not wait to grow up and go their separate ways. With a husband who isn't fully present Johana feels lonely when the triplets leave for college and decides to use the last fertilized egg. Phoebe, the latecomer, is born. She ends up playing an important role in the dysfunctional family.

The Latecomer is not plot heavy but a character driven novel that makes the reader feel drawn and connected to the characters who at times are insensitive, withdrawn and sometimes unlikeable.  The reader even finds connection to the characters  least like them. Phoebe's late arrival into the dynamics of the family is beautifully woven into the story. Her arrival brings out the best in each character which makes the reader love them even more.  Even though the story isn't not plot heavy, I still could not read this story fast enough. My favorite kind of story is the one where I find myself overcome with emotion when the story ends and I have to say goodbye to the characters I have come to love.

I can not wait to get my hands on this author's other novels.

Thank you to Celadon Books for the gifted ARC in exchange for my honest review. The Latecomer comes out May 31st.