The Latecomer: A Novel

The Latecomer: A Novel

The Latecomer: A Novel WeeklyReviewer

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How did you come up with the idea for The Latecomer?

I’d heard about families with children conceived by in vitro fertilization who have additional children years later from leftover embryos, and I found this really fascinating. I was especially interested in the impact on the later child of learning that their family has essentially begun without them. In one sense, it’s no different from what any younger sibling eventually realizes, but here the children have all been “made” at the same time, and there is a random or human factor in who gets born and who does not. I thought: What would that feel like, to realize what you’ve missed? And what if the later child somehow answers the brokenness in the older siblings and in the family as a whole? So, I made up a family to explore some of these issues and watch those ideas play out.

How is The Latecomer different from or similar to your previous seven novels?

I’ve written on both sides of the literary/thriller line, wherever that may be — if someone locates it, would they please enlighten me? — and The Latecomer definitely belongs on the literary side. This is not to say that there aren’t twists: Life is too short not to have plot twists in every novel one reads! But the story of this family does not center around a crime — at least not a crime in the conventional sense!

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ASIN ‏ : ‎ B092T9M6LJ
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Celadon Books (May 31, 2022)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 31, 2022
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 2792 KB
Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Print length ‏ : ‎ 441 pages
Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled

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