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The Latecomers

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Maggie and Charlie Latecomer, at the beginning of the last third of their lives, love each other but are conflicted over what it means to age well in a youth-oriented society. Forced into early retirement and with grown children in distant cities, they've settled into a
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 15th 2020 by Moonshine Cove Publishing
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Heena Rathore P.
The Latecomers by Rich Marcello is a very profound, enriching and meaningful read about an ageing couple, which makes the reader question about a lot of things including one's purpose in life. But more importantly, it shows us, beautifully and quite truthfully, how life goes on beyond one's retirement and how we are destined to fulfil our purpose in life irrespective of our age. 

It is a beautifully written book, with lyrical prose and with utmost sensitivity on a topic which many people avoid to
Pallavi Sareen
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Latecomers by Rich Marcello
Sometimes when I read books like this, I get amazed as to why they are not making it to the bestselling list along with other books which have been made popular solely due to a strong PR game. The first time I read a less-known book that made me go ‘wow’ was ‘The Summer that Melted Everything’. Later on, due to the blogging community, the book did catch on among readers. Now I am hoping the same happens with The Latecomers too because the writing of this book is so
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

In Rich Marcello’s deep and profound new novel, The Latecomers, Maggie and Charlie Latecomer are living through the retirement many of us dream of, albeit one forced on them too early. They love each other deeply, are connected to their community, and have fulfilling retirement-work­­­, Maggie as an accomplished artist and Charlie as a luthier.

But Charlie is also restless and believes there must be more for them as they enter the last third of their lives. His restlessness starts them off on wh
Olga Miret
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you are looking for reviews, check here), and I freely chose to review an ARC copy of this novel.
I have read and reviewed another novel by Marcello, The Beauty of the Fall (you can read my review here), was entranced by it, and I was eager to read this book, although worried that, at least for me, the previous novel would be a tough act to follow. This book has many of the qualities that made me love the previous one (beaut
Scott Flegal
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the joys for me of reading a Rich Marcello novel is that I know that by the end of it I will have been both challenged and enlightened. Every time I finish one of his works, I feel smarter than I was when I began reading it. At the same time, while Marcello’s profound intellect and in particular his emotional intelligence clearly dwarfs my own, I never finish one of his books feeling inadequate or talked down to. Quite to the contrary, I leave each work feeling inspired to learn more of t ...more
Ellen Christian
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't want to give away too much of the story because you really need to read The Latecomers. I can't explain how much it made me think and truly touched me. Maggie and Charlie separate toward the beginning of the story. Charlie needs to be on his own and figure something out. And, this truly hurts Maggie since they've been best friends to this point.

As they're apart, they both meet other people and form new friendships and learn more about themselves. After an injury, Charlie and Maggie are b
Brian Young
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read all the authors other novels before The Latecomers, I was looking forward to Rich’s unique skill of deep character development early in his books so I would, once again, be ready (or not) for the story to come. The Latecomers did not disappoint and could very well be considered his finest work to date. I consider it to be. I also felt fortunate that the intimate group of five individuals portrayed in this book were similar in many ways to my own life experience with lifelong close fr ...more
Mary Fortier
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marcello has once again woven a unique and exceedingly creative story. His writing is clearly a very well honed craft, with a style of prose and vivid descriptions. He takes us on a journey that we have not been on before in print or film. The character development is outstanding. Maggie, Charlie, Joe, Rebecca and Ebba are richly defined. We feel as if we could have an intimate dinner with each of them, or all together. They become friends on the page. The story grabs you from the very beginning ...more
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

I received compensation to review it on an expedited timeline. This in no way impacts my opinion.

Full review to come on April 21, 2020. If you’re looking for an interesting indie read about what it means to be older in a society that values youth, this is definitely the book for you!
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me, i don't read blurbs very often as they tend to give too much away but this looked interesting so i took a leap of faith. Firstly i didn't think i would relate to a character who is double my age and retired, but i did which is both a little worrying but also very enlightening. Secondly i thought i would struggle with spirituality aspect that i encountered in the first few pages but i didn't at all because when you feel lost, looking to something higher or different is wha ...more
Kellie Mahoney
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Rich Marcello for giving me a copy of The Latecomers. Although I have never been an avid reader, Rich’s imagination, captivating writing style, coupled with twists and turns I never anticipated kept me turning page after page. I have since read all three of his other novels. Thank you for igniting a passion for reading I never knew I had!
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Janet Fontana
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I’m a big fan of Rich Marcello’s work, having read all of his previous novels and his book of poetry, so I was looking forward to the release of The Latecomers. I’m happy to report it’s his finest novel to date. It’s well-written, almost artistic, has memorable characters, especially Maggie Latecomer, and tells one of the most unusual and unexpected stories I’ve read in a long time.

At first, I thought the novel was going to be about the domestic struggles of the Latecomers as they enter their si
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sixty-something male who's read my fair share of novels over the years, and I think it's fair to say I've never read anything like Rich Marcello's thought provoking, page-turner, The Latecomers. From the first chapter, Ground, I was hooked on what turned out to be an utterly original story. At the same time, I found myself stopping often on a sentence or paragraph so I could fully take in an idea about aging with grace or searching for wisdom in a society which no longer values it.

Few nove
Alyssia Cooke
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I struggled with this. There’s no way around that. Some of it is going to be down to my demographic as a reader, but I don’t think that’s all in honesty. I have however rounded up my rating to two stars just in case. I found much in this lacking; the pacing, the characters, and the believability of the narrative. I am perhaps not the market audience for this, being in my early thirties rather than interested in retirement, but that doesn’t change the fact that I read a wide variety of fiction an ...more
Sandra Fabian
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best of Rich Marcello's four novels. The Latecomers is tale of mystery, myth and suspense, playing creatively with the boundaries of scientific and magical exploration. But above all, it's about relationships, the reality of deep attachments coming up against the challenge and urgency of creating and revitalizing love, purpose and community in one's older years. I was absorbed throughout. The writing is crisp and clear. The author weaves a complex story with fully drawn characters wh ...more
Cathy Ryan
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
For Charlie and Maggie Latecomer it’s a second marriage for both of them. Their respective adult children don’t live within easy reach but the Latecomers love each other dearly and keep busy in early retirement with their artistic projects. Yet Charlie is restless and feels there should be more to life, regardless of age, and decides he needs to go to their cabin in Nova Scotia alone in search of the meaning of his life. Maggie is left angry at Charlie’s seeming disregard and self absorption, wo ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An elegiac portrait of an old couple exploring the nature of deep relationship, Marcello’s latest is a poignant study of a couple’s journey through life as they set on to unravel the true purpose of their lives.

Forced into early retirement and with grown children in distant cities, the Latecomer couple, Maggie and Charlie, are spending their days working on their hobbies as artists. Their lives turn upside down after Charlie’s restlessness forces him to leave for a spiritual retreat, trying to
Emily Quinn
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took me longer than I expected to finish – not because it was boring, uninteresting or didn’t capture my attention, but for the exact opposite reasons. I have never wanted to sit down and take as much in from a book as I have with this one! I took it slow and enjoyed one chapter at a time, letting each one settle in my mind before starting the next. This book gave me hours of joy and filled me with emotion effortlessly, and it has quickly become one of my all time favourites. Just writ ...more
Maureen Robinson
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is so wonderfully written it feels like a friend that keeps on giving. All you can do is keep reading because you are taken on a journey with characters beautifully developed and unveiled through out an expected period in their live of coming together. This enlightening look at aging ultimately shows how complex we are as humans, the challenges we all face of health, commitment, finances, companionship, self fulfillment and hopes of living an enriched life as we age. The emotional compl ...more
Thomas Dorsett
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The Latecomers"
“The Latecomers”, is a story, rather an adventure, about a couple’s destiny. The novel is in two parts. Part one explaining the loss, the desire, the need to seek the truth in one’s self. Part two is the finding, the conclusion, the concept of love and true love defined. Young adults might find this novel distracting at times. Maybe even fake…. However, once you reach your middle ages, this story seems true. You will remember your past and all your actions that did to get where y
Books R&B
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I truly appreciate Rich Marcello for, I'm sure the amount of research that is gone into coming up with such a utilitarian concept. The smoothness and the sophistication with which the story flows is truly admirable. Through the boo, Rich touches upon topics that makes you ponder internally about values, morals and goals that we set for ourselves and the difficulties one faces to follow through as one ages with respect to health or otherwise. This book opens our eyes to the scarily realistic trut ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing novel! I am not usually given to superlatives but Rich Marcello’s latest book was everything I expect in a novel and more. The narrative carries you along quickly; I particularly like a story told from alternating points of view. Many ideas and concepts were new to me so that ticked another box, learning something challenging that carries you beyond the narrative. The locations were beautifully drawn and poetically described, particularly an island off the coast of Nova Scotia that he ...more
Josh Whitworth
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The book is written incredibly well, but it’s just not for me. I know a lot of people will love this book and I highly recommend it for other people. Again, it’s just not for me. It’s extremely esoteric and spiritual in everything that it describes. I like all the concepts it comes up with, but it is just very spiritual in all the explanations. I like the concepts, just not how they’re explained.
Happy Booker
The latecomer is a novel written about an old couple who are forced into early retirement. Their children live far away, and as they enter a new phase in their life and relationship, Maggie and Charlie, seek more of a depth and understanding into their marriage. This spiritual retreat becomes the essence of the story taking Charlie at first and then Maggie afterward.

The story is a soul searching one where the couple- in their own way – question love and wonder how wisdom, health and age can eith
Joyce Derenas
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Most couples relax during their November years into a well-worn and comfortable groove. Nothing wrong with that, but not for Charlie and Maggie who embark on reinventing their lives by seeking and discovering their moais – a coven of like-minded people that completes their circle of supporting friends.

This novel takes us from the reality of an aging couple to a semi-magical reality of people trying to find deeper meaning in their lives. The characters are so warm, sometimes my hand burns when I
Lucas Tennen
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Marcello digs up so many themes for this novel that in our society we find quite uncomfortable to look at, like what it means to be healthy, the difficulties of aging, and what value you can continue to have to yourself and those around you.

Partway through, I began to feel frustrated with Charlie, one of the main characters. I found that many of the decisions he made were contrary to what I would have chosen, that he wasn’t so relatable. Ultimately though, bringing in your own opinion and askin
Bridgett Brown
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is the story about a older couple named Maggie and Charlie. Charlie needs a break to figure things out and Maggie is crushed by this. At the beginning of the book they separate. By the end they are back together. It was a good story.
Ellie Mitchell
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A retired, creative couple, Charlie and Maggie Latecomer, are seeking more from life.

When Charlie finds himself restless, he takes a journey away to an island he frequented in his youth, to try and work through his bubbling unease. However, his visit back to the island is about to transform his and Maggie’s lives forever.

Secret caves, a mysterious plant, and ancient lithographs depicting a strange group of people will lead the couple and their close friends on a journey of love, loss, forg
Matt McAvoy
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I won’t lie, this slow, moody and incredibly melancholy book was a little bit of a struggle for me. Don’t get me wrong, it is very well written and Marcello is undoubtedly extremely good quality; I am in no doubt that if you are a fan of this type of book, genre and writing style, you will love it. The good reviews are well-merited, but I think this is more for me a matter of personal taste. It is incredibly slow and poignant, which I don’t have a problem with, of course, but in such cases the s ...more
Kathleen Dixon
There are parts of this book that I really liked, and parts that I didn't. I really like the concept of moai and can see how the author wanted to show how well these social networks can work, but it felt artificial to me. Perhaps if the other characters had had their own plot lines . . . - of course, the title tells us it's about Charlie and Maggie Latecomer, so the others are by dint of that peripheral, but on the other hand the concept of moai, and therefore the actions the others took to supp ...more
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Rich is the author of four novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall, The Latecomers, and the poetry collection, The Long Body That Connects Us All. He also teaches creative writing at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.


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