The Latecomer

Jean Hanff Korelitz

The new page-turner from the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot and You Should Have Known, which became the hit series The Undoing

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‘Sparkling… funny, it is also cutting, a nearly forensic study of family conflict… both compulsively readable and thought-provoking.’ New York Times

The Oppenheimer triplets have been reared with every advantage: wealth, education, and the determined attention of at least one of their parents. But they have been desperate to escape each other ever since they were born.

Now, on the verge of their departure for college and so close to their long-coveted freedom, the triplets are forced to contend with an unexpected complication: a fourth Oppenheimer sibling has just been born. What has possessed their parents to make such an unfathomable decision? The triplets can’t begin to imagine the the power this little latecomer is about to exert – nor just how destructive she’ll be to their plans . . .

‘Korelitz draws us in again, this time with her ease, grace and wit, in a satisfying novel that spans generations, lives, and fates.’ Meg Wolitzer


What readers are saying:

‘Powerful, beautifully written, and well plotted.’

‘Think Succession meets The Goldfinch…such captivating characters and plot with an excellent ending.’

‘You don’t want to skim over a single word of the exquisitely woven story.’

‘This book will definitely stay with me for a long time. I loved it.’

Critic Reviews

“The Latecomer is consistently surprising. Its protagonists reinvent themselves with astonishing ingenuity. Fair warning to readers seeking “likable characters”: The people here are fierce, and they fight dirty. The Oppenheimers dare you to love them — and even when you don’t, you cannot look away… Korelitz combines moral inquiry with social satire. Like Wharton, she invites the reader to reflect, even as she paints a picture of privilege. A sumptuously wrapped gift, “The Latecomer” is a Gilded Age novel for the 21st century.”

Allegra Goodman, New York Times Book Review
Critic Reviews

‘Korelitz deftly limns this tension-riddled setup and the resulting Oppenheimer family dysfunction . . . The resolution, complete with a wedding, persuasively and touchingly affirms that even the most damaged people can grow and change.’

Critic Reviews

The New York Times bestselling author of The Plot (whose 2014 novel, You Should Have Known, was turned into the HBO series The Undoing) returns with a novel about a rich New York City family whose lives are upended when the parents decide to have a fourth child—when their triplets are 18. If you thrive on tales of dysfunction and privilege told with humor and tenderness—and let’s face it, who doesn’t?—it’ll be tough to wait until May, the publication month for this eagerly awaited novel’

Oprah Daily, 'The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2022'
Critic Reviews

‘Jean Hanff Korelitz is an ambidextrous writer: not only can she write a tight and absorbing literary thriller like The Plot, but with The Latecomer she draws us in again, this time with her ease, grace and wit, in a satisfying novel that spans generations, lives, and fates.’

Meg Wolitzer
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‘It's a slow burn, but this complex and layered story of the Oppenheimer family is worth hanging on through every torturous turn.’

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Jean HanffKorelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the bestselling author of the novels A Jury Of Her Peers, The Sabbathday River, The White Rose, Admission, and most recently the New York Times bestseller You Should Have Known, as well as Interference Powder, a novel for…

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