Gold: A Novel

By Chris Cleave

The most modern novel from Chris Cleave—the award-winning and foreign no 1 bestselling writer of Little Bee—is “a heartstring-tugger with an adrenaline-fueled plot” (People) that asks: how a lot are we prepared to sacrifice for the folk we love?

IT’S the last word attempt OF A MOTHER’S LOVE . . .

IF your goals pull you in a single path and your middle in one other, which in case you persist with? this can be the query that haunts Kate Meadows, a global champion athlete whose eight-year-old daughter Sophie is scuffling with a recurrence of youth leukemia simply as Kate is set to compete for her final likelihood at an Olympic gold medal. For years, Kate has sacrificed every little thing for her kin and watched her ally and closest rival, Zoe citadel, triumph over the area level. Kate hasn't ever received gold and should need to battle through Zoe—who has every little thing to lose—to get it. Now her baby is dealing with a life-threatening sickness, and the stakes are greater than ever. How can she do what's correct for her daughter with no leaving behind all of her goals?

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I didn’t understand how to do it. They confirmed me the right way to scrub my arms and wear the latex gloves, they usually confirmed me find out how to positioned my arms throughout the holes within the incubator. Then they stopped giving me the directions. So there i used to be, with my arms sticking throughout the glove holes and your little physique mendacity at the blue plastic pad and all of the wee tubes and whatnot popping out of you, and that i stated, ‘What do I do now? ’ and so they acknowledged, ‘Just carry her. ’ and that i used to be so scared i used to be going to drop you. I didn’t know the way to do anything so simple as carry you, Sophie.

203 Barrington road, Clayton, East Manchester whereas Kate was once nonetheless at the mobile to Tom, Sophie got here downstairs, putting tight to the banisters and screwing up her eyes opposed to the sunshine. “Tom,” Kate stated, “I’ve acquired to head. ” “Sure. Will you do it? ” “Yeah. I’ll race her. ” “You can take a section extra time if you would like. every week or if you would like to mentally organize. ” She closed her eyes for a second whereas she thought of it. “No,” she acknowledged. “I’m high quality to race day after today. ” “Anything i will be able to assist you with?

I’ll placed you on. ” He pointed for Zoe to visit the a long way finish of the warm-up quarter, whereas he carried the telephone over to Kate. As he passed it to her, it felt like a betrayal. “Is anything incorrect? ” she requested. He saved his face impartial. “It’s Jack. ” “What is it? ” He shrugged. “It’s Jack. ” She took the telephone in her gloved hand. “Jack? ” she acknowledged. “Is every little thing ok? ” Tom watched his personal face within the reflect of her visor. He watched the doubtful line of her mouth. Then, as she saved the telephone pressed to her ear, he watched her start to smile.

While the spirit used to be long past, she held him in her fingers for a very long time. even though he had led a foul existence, on the finish he were an outstanding father. She took his physique to a clearing at the wooded area moon of Endor and outfitted a pyre to cremate him. because the flames rose, the dream started to fall apart. someplace open air it, mom and dad have been speaking. Dad stated, “Are you prepared to race? ” Mum stated, “I imagine so. ” Sophie attempted to open her eyes yet she used to be nonetheless too sleepy. via her eyelids there has been gentle the colour of smoke.

Contained in the automobile, De Rosa have been unraveling the sorrowful silvery cloth of a dream. within himself, all Jack might pay attention used to be a excessive, skinny screaming. The voice at the cellphone requested him what was once the character of the emergency. Jack acquired it jointly adequate to shout that he wanted an ambulance, yet honestly the character of the emergency was once that he and Kate had lied to themselves approximately what were happening. the character of the emergency used to be they'd drawn a curtain among their daughter’s degeneration and their desires of gold, and there has been no noticeable kind of automobile with any type of expert staff within or any kind of siren on most sensible that may in all likelihood be vectored to his place to mend that.

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