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The Latecomers by Rich Marcello

Genre: Contemporary fiction | Pages: 294

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Book Intro by Rich Marcello:

An aging couple and their closest friends piece together a life-changing plan from an otherworldly text.

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 curbed routine, leaving Charlie restless and longing for more.  

When the Latecomers and their friends discover a mystical book of indecipherable logographs, the corporeal world and preternatural world intertwine. They set off on a restorative journey to uncover the secrets of the book that pits them against a potent corporate foe in a struggle for the hearts and minds of woman and men the world over.

A treatise on aging, health, wisdom, and love couched in an adventure, The Latecomers will make readers question the nature of deep relationships and the fabric of modern society.


Let me begin by saying that the book was not what I expected when I read the headline. The concept and the story-line is fresh and new. I haven't come across any novel focusing primarily on leads that are at the age of retirement. When you are in your 20s, you tend to pick up books revolving around protagonists around the same age if not younger, unless it's a biography. While I hope for this book to rise to its heights for deliberating the true beauty that old age holds to its sweet, engaging and honest picture of growing older and the realization that living life fully doesn’t have to end just because you are older.It range from a modern-day mythical stories blended with aging to growing old without losing the human spirit.

The story mostly revolves around two protagonist Maggie and Charlie an old couple full of love and wisdom living their retirement life as best they can.Their marriage is not that which has sunken into mutual distaste and even a hint of hatred brought upon by old age. However, with each passing day they get more and more restless - having the zeal and energy to provide for the community, to still be of value when the happen upon an adventure that is filled with accomplishments, twits and turns, that would revolutionize their world as an aging couple and be extended beyond themselves.

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 truth about our ignorance towards our elderly and the loss that is caused because of it. This book of cautionary tale is both envy-inspiring and frightening to the younger folks who are willing to face the truth.

I can rest easily knowing that I possess a knowledge about the wisdom from the elderly, by virtue of experience and by the affirmation this book provides.

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