The Latecomer

The Latecomer

The Lessans Family Literary Series Presents

The Latecomer, Jean Hanff Korelitz

Thursday, February 16 | 11:00 AM | $10 | Virtual – Via Zoom


We are thrilled to once again welcome New York Times bestselling author, Jean Hanff Korelitz for her virtual presentation of her newest book, The Latecomer.  Jean will be in conversation with Bender JCC community member, Deborah Kalb.

For more information, please contact Marcie Blackman at or 301-348-3808.


The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets born during the early days of IVF. As children, the three siblings – Harrison, Lewyn, and Sally – feel no strong familial bond and cannot wait to go their separate ways, even as their father becomes more distanced and their mother more desperate. When the triplets leave for college, Johanna, faced with being truly alone, makes the decision to have a fourth child. What role will the “latecomer” play in this fractured family?

A complex novel that builds slowly and deliberately, The Latecomer touches on the topics of grief and guilt, generational trauma, privilege and race, traditions and religion, and family dynamics. It is a profound and witty family story from an accomplished author, known for the depth of her character studies, expertly woven storylines, and plot twists.


Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City was educated at Dartmouth College. She is the author of seven novels, including: The Plot, You Should Have Known (which aired on HBO in October 2020 as “The Undoing” by David E. Kelley, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as the 2013 film of the same name, starring Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin and Paul Rudd), The Devil and Webster, The White Rose, The Sab­bath­day

Riv­er and A Jury of Her Peers, as well as Inter­fer­ence Pow­der, a nov­el for chil­dren.

Her com­pa­ny BOOK­THEWRITER hosts Pop-Up Book Groups in which small groups of read­ers dis­cuss new books with their authors. She lives in New York City with her hus­band, Irish poet Paul Muldoon.