Genre: Literary/General Fiction
Publisher: Celadon Books
Pub. Date: May 31, 2022
The novel reads as a dramedy of errors revolving around an unhappy wealthy, NYC family. We follow the Oppenheim triplets, a girl and two boys, which their mother desperately wanted, and had to endure numerous attempts with In vitro fertilization (IVF). From birth, the triplets never had the kind of close bond that their mother expected them to have. Actually, the siblings seem to loath one another, which makes for entertaining dialogue when observing their mother’s denial of their true feelings. Most of the time, the mother is the only character that you will like. Just as the triplets are leaving for college, they learn that a fourth sibling, the long-gestating egg from their in-vitro procedure, has been born—the “latecomber.” Korelitz keeps us in suspense wondering what role the “latecomer,” a second sister, will play in this dysfunctional family. Grief, guilt, trauma, privilege, and religion are woven into the tale through the Oppenheim quirky characters. The Megan Abbott, Edgar Award–winning author is noted for the depth of her character studies and has written a funny yet poignant family narrative.
I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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