Review

The Late Child

by Larry McMurtry



This sequel to THE DESERT ROSE --- the story of a Vegas showgirl
named Harmony --- packs a powerful wallop right from the beginning,
when Harmony receives a letter informing her of the death of her
grown daughter, Pepper, from AIDS.

Determined to hold onto as much sanity as possible for the sake of
her five-year-old son, Eddie, Harmony contacts her
sisters.  Pat, a certified sex addict, and Neddie, a
sensible middle-aged woman in love with her husband's brother,
immediately fly to Las Vegas to be at the side of their grieving
sister.

Pat and Neddie convince Harmony that Eddie deserves to grow up in
Oklahoma, with all his family around him.  The three
sisters pack up Eddie and head toward home by way of New York City,
where Pepper and her lover, Laurie, lived.  

THE LATE CHILD is a poignantly realistic portrayal of family ties
and responsibilities.  Never maudlin and often humorous,
this novel focuses on the redemptive power of love and friendship
even in the face of unthinkable tragedy.

Reviewed by Jami Edwards on January 22, 2011

The Late Child
by Larry McMurtry

  • Publication Date: November 1, 1996
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket
  • ISBN-10: 0671568183
  • ISBN-13: 9780671568184