Building on the tradition of Little Bee, Chris Cleave again writes with elegance, humor, and passion about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption.
Gold is the story of Zoe and Kate, world-class athletes who have been friends and rivals since their first day of Elite training. They've loved, fought, betrayed, forgiven, consoled, gloried, and grown up together. Now, on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, both women will be tested to their physical and emotional limits. They must confront each other and their own mortality to decide, when lives are at stake: What would you sacrifice for the people you love, if it meant giving up the thing that was most important to you in the world?
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"Cleave goes for the gold and brings it home in his thrillingly written and emotionally rewarding novel about the world of professional cycling.... Cleave expertly cycles through the characters' tangled past and present, charting their ever-shifting dynamic as ultra-competitive Zoe and Kate are forced to decide whether winning means more to them than friendship.... Cleave likewise pulls out all the stops getting inside the hearts and minds of his engagingly complex characters. The race scenes have true visceral intensity, leaving the reader feeling breathless.... From start to finish, this is a truly Olympic-level literary achievement." (Publishers Weekly)
This story of an Olympic cycling rivalry between two women is more soap opera than a realistic athletic portrayal. The two women are friends and rivals over more than ten years. The husband of one (also an Olympic cyclist), the shared coach of the women, and the daughter of one (fighting leukemia) are the main characters. The novel bounces back and forth in time, and it wasn't until the story was halfway done that I was drawn in. While I felt a bit manipulated, I still enjoyed the second half of this novel. Listening to this English novel at the same time as the real Olympics were going on in London was pretty cool. Don't listen to this expecting to get a true glimpse of the lives of Olympic athletes. But if you want a soap opera-like story with a sports background, you might like this.
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