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The Latecomers

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  7 reviews

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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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 what
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
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
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.

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 ...more
Yvonne Bennett
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was given this book as an ARC read. I found this book intriguing in the sense that it was interesting to read about a couple's journey in their later years. I have to admit I struggled with the book as it did not capture my attention entirely. I found the couples journey difficult to relate to when they began searching for what was missing. I don't think I will read any other novels by this author.
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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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