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As a latch ditch effort at IVF, the wealthy Salo and Johanna Oppenheimer are blessed with triplets. Despite three healthy children and a wife devoted to healing his emotional scars and raising three thick-as-thieves children, Salo drifts from his family and the children simply don't click on any level. Fast-forward 17 years, and Salo has become completely consumed by his passions, the triplets cannot wait to get away from their parents and each other, and Johanna reaches for a lifeline - the embryo she has in storage.

I wanted to love The Latecomer, and at times I did. It explores several interesting themes on privilege, family, exceptions, art, race, education, religion, sexuality ... and the dysfunction in this family is next level. But, it took me more than a beat to get into the writing style, which felt bloated. The Latecomer is a fast-paced story that is weighed down by about fifty to a hundred pages of interesting but not propulsive, passages.

Thank you to BookishFirst and Celedon Books for an ARC of The Latecomer in exchange for an honest review.