finished reading

I wasn't sure about this book at first--it's a character study that has a slow build.  But after a few chapters, I was invested in the characters and truly wanted to see what would happen to them.  I'm not sure if they are supposed to be likable characters because they are deeply flawed and disconnected.  There is a lot of detail about each character that seemed overdone but then I realized I actually cared what happened to them.  It's a complex book about loneliness, education, sexual identity, religion, mental illness, guilt, privilege, power, and art.  There would be much to discuss with my book group.

From the publisher:
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.

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