Late Air by Jaclyn Gilbert
Published: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Little A
Genres: contemporary fiction, sports
Rating: 3.5 stars
Recommend to fans of: college athletics, the toll life can take on a person, relatable characters
Foodie Vibes: egg white omelets, dry toast, black coffee — perfectly measured out and calorie counted
Breadloaf and New York Public Library fellow, Jaclyn Gilbert’s LATE AIR, a tale of a fanatical Yale cross country coach sent reeling into the ghosts of his past after an early morning practice run on the golf course goes horrifically wrong, injuring his star runner and churning up all that has lain dormant around the coach’s fragmented life and marriage.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a free ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.
Late Air can best be described as an odd book in a mainstream way. The coach shows he cares about his athletes, himself, his wife and their child through actions. He obsesses about counting things, keeping in control, and producing results. By staying regimented he can achieve what he wants for himself and others. Much of the book is about his goals and coaching his Division 1 athletes. It’s fascinating, sad and a bit horrifying to read about the inner workings of his brain. The book can be seen as a warning against a singular focus mindset.
Despite the catch being so focused, the story was a bit all over the place. At times I got lost and other times I didn’t really care. There are many life lessons to be learned, but I didn’t really care about the characters.
All in all, a cautionary tale against obsession, but not as amazing as I had hoped.
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