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Author
Chris Cleave.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781451672725
Pages/Publication Date 325/2012
Daedalus Item Code 40568
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In this powerful novel, Chris Cleave's follow-up to his stunning Little Bee, Kate and Zoe have known each other since they were 19, when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling—a sport that demands intense focus and blinding exertion. They are dedicated to exploiting every physical and psychological edge over equally skilled rivals, all of whom are fighting for the last one-tenth of a second that separates triumph from despair. Cleave again charts the amazing inner journeys of his characters, as the women, now 32, are facing their last and greatest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each is driven to win the gold, and each has far more than a medal to lose.

"If Olympic medals were awarded for dramatic stories about what drives athletes to compete and succeed, Cleave would easily ascend the podium. Gold does for sport racing what Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild did for high-risk adventure: It demystifies its allure, giving readers an inside track on a certain type of compulsive mindset. But Gold is also about time, ambition and love, three life forces continuously jockeying for supremacy. Novels, like racing, depend on careful pacing, and Cleave calibrates his performance with the skill of a real pro, carefully ratcheting up the intensity as he finesses curves and heads into his final laps.... Cleave spins a doozy of a plot ... his characters are humanized by their struggle with their personal demons.... With Gold, Cleave unleashes megawatts of power in yet another triumphant dash toward literary success."—NPR

 
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