Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 6, 2014

Graham Joyce: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Graham Joyce



The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit is set on the English coast in the hot summer of 1976, so the music in this playlist is pretty much all from the... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$10.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Literature- A to Z
6 Burnside Literature- A to Z

Gold

by

Gold Cover

ISBN13: 9781451672725
ISBN10: 1451672721
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

 

Staff Pick

Chris Cleave's Gold is a departure from his previous two books: there are no horrific scenes of violence, but rather a tightly woven tale of friendship, family, and, surprisingly, unrelenting ambition. Sounds a bit incongruous, doesn't it? Yet, in Cleave's intertwined tale of three Olympic hopefuls and the child that binds them together, it all makes sense and dovetails beautifully. Can friendship coexist with explosive rivalry? What stands in the way of — or, alternately, fuels — a blinding passion? If you lose the very thing that gives your life meaning, can you survive afterward? In Gold, Cleave explores the stop-at-nothing determination to win and doesn't let up until he reaches a heart-stopping climax.
Recommended by Dianah, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

What would you sacrifice for the people you love?

Kate and Zoe met at nineteen when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling — a sport that demands intense focus, blinding exertion, and unwavering commitment. They are built to exploit the barest 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.

Now at thirty-two, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.

Kate is the more naturally gifted, but the demands of her life have a tendency to slow her down. Her eight-year-old daughter Sophie dreams of the Death Star and of battling alongside the Rebels as evil white blood cells ravage her personal galaxy — she is fighting a recurrence of the leukemia that nearly killed her three years ago. Sophie doesnt want to stand in the way of her mums Olympic dreams, but each day the dark forces of the universe seem to be massing against her.

Devoted and self-sacrificing Kate knows her daughter is fragile, but at the height of her last frenzied months of training, might she be blind to the most terrible prognosis?

Intense, aloof Zoe has always hovered on the periphery of real human companionship, and her compulsive need to win at any cost has more than once threatened her friendship with Kate — and her own sanity. Will she allow her obsession, and the advantage she has over a harried, anguished mother, to sever the bond they have shared for more than a decade?

Echoing the adrenaline-fueled rush of a race around the Velodrome track, Gold is a triumph of superbly paced, heart-in-throat storytelling. With great humanity and glorious prose, Chris Cleave examines the values that lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships, and the choices we make when lives are at stake and everything is on the line.

Review:

"Cleave (Little Bee) goes for the gold and brings it home in his thrillingly written and emotionally rewarding novel about the world of professional cycling. Zoe Castle and Kate Meadows met at age 19 trying out for the British Cycling Team and have been friends and rivals for 13 years now. Kate might have more natural ability, but Zoe is the more driven of the two. Kate is married to a fellow racer, Jack Argall, and they have an eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, who suffers from leukemia. Zoe is pursued by her own demons and has a tabloid reputation for sleeping around, which doesn't sit well with her agent. Things begin to heat up when the International Olympic Committee changes its rules so that only one cyclist, either Zoe or Kate, will be eligible to compete in the 2012 London Games. 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, building to a winner-take-all race at the Manchester Velodrome. 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 as breathless as a cyclist. From start to finish, this is a truly Olympic-level literary achievement. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Cleave again displays a remarkable aptitude for rendering female characters with startling realism, one of the strengths of his previous novels (particularly 2009's Little Bee). He conjures Sophie's traumatized yet resilient young mind as deftly as he does the complex interior narratives of high-strung Zoe and the more philosophical Kate....In these breathless portrayals of sport and spirit, Gold illuminates the stories of courage, loss, and commitment that are behind each of the seemingly invincible Olympians we root for every four years." Elle magazine

Review:

"After the enormous popular success of his second novel, Little Bee, British author Cleave turns to the world of Olympic speed cyclists to explore the shifting sands of ambition, loyalty and love. Tom, who just barely missed his own medal in 1968, is coaching Kate and Zoe to represent Britain at the 2012 Olympics, which the 32-year-old women know will be their last....[Kate's] little girl Sophie is the novel's real heart. Cleave has a gift for portraying difficult children who pull every heartstring....[He] knows how to captivate with rich characters and nimble plotting." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"Cleave's latest novel demonstrates the determination of three extraordinary athletes in a story about true sacrifice....[Their lives are] so intertwined, so complex, that the outcome is sure to be a surprise. Close on the heels of his international best seller Little Bee, British author Cleave has written another story so riveting that it is impossible to put down." Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"A heartstring-tugger with an adrenaline-fueled plot from the bestselling author of Little Bee." People

Review:

"Readers galvanized by best-selling Cleave's previous politically scorching novels (Little Bee, 2009) will be surprised by his foray into the world of Olympic bicycle racing until they discern just how psychologically gripping a tale this is....Spanning the Athens, Beijing, and looming London 2012 Olympics, Cleave's brilliantly plotted, nail-biting, and emotional tale dramatizes the anguish and triumphs of ambition and sacrifice, fame and heartbreak to celebrate the true gold of love." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Cleave is an acutely intelligent wordsmith. Some of the sentences cut so deep you want to scream out in pain and recognition....This is an inspirational and moving novel in so many ways, and everyone should read it." The Times (UK)

Review:

"Strikingly well written...[Gold] has that rare gift of getting past the urban sneer to move and gratify, to stir us because it does, indeed, matter. It is bold and brave and, when you're on your way to the games this summer, and the person opposite you on the train is sobbing hot tears onto their Kindle, you'll have a pretty good idea what they're reading." Observer (UK)

Review:

"[Cleave] is such an energetic writer...Gold flows with the vitality of the sport it covers....An entertaining ride." Guardian (UK)

Review:

"What counts about this thrilling novel are the characters: the flaws and fears that fuel their need to compete, the drives and dreads that bring them together and threaten to bring them to blows....Chris Cleave deserves a medal." Daily Express (UK), Starred Review

Synopsis:

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?

About the Author

Chris Cleave is the author of Incendiary and the #1 New York Times bestseller Little Bee. He lives with his wife and three children in Kingston-upon-Thames, England. Visit him at ChrisCleave.com or on Twitter @ChrisCleave.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 4 comments:

Christine Nuttall, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Christine Nuttall)
At what point are the sacrifices for competition in sport no longer worth while? It is different for everyone and every circumstance, but in Gold, author Chris Cleave takes a deeper look at the lives of 3 Olympic athletes. The price for each to compete at a world level is paid not just in the grueling physical training but also in the emotional toll imposed on family and friends.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Eliana, August 18, 2012 (view all comments by Eliana)
I didn't know if anything could live up to LITTLE BEE, so I was wary going in, but thrilled with this latest offering by Chris Cleave. Ups and downs, sport and emotion, a lovely book especially fitting for my post-Olympic life.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Ronald B Gould, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by Ronald B Gould)
This is the first novel I have read by Chris Cleave, and it was nothing but outstanding. He tells a very good story that is tightly written with many forward and backward looks. His characters are all believable and range from the young daughter to the old and frail coach. He also is a great Star Wars fan and channels his expertise of the various characters through the daughter. You will absolutely enjoy the read. It is also quite contemporary with the main objective being the 2012 Olympics.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
View all 4 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451672725
Author:
Cleave, Chris
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120703
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Other books you might like

  1. Taliban Cricket Club Used Trade Paper $9.95
  2. The Dream of the Celt Sale Trade Paper $8.98
  3. Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure... Sale Hardcover $9.98
  4. The Yard Used Trade Paper $7.95
  5. The Last Englishman: The Double Life... New Mass Market $16.50

Related Subjects


Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » Literature
Featured Titles » New Arrivals
Featured Titles » Staff Favorites
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Contemporary Women
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Family Life
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » New Arrivals
Gold Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.50 In Stock
Product details 336 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781451672725 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Chris Cleave's Gold is a departure from his previous two books: there are no horrific scenes of violence, but rather a tightly woven tale of friendship, family, and, surprisingly, unrelenting ambition. Sounds a bit incongruous, doesn't it? Yet, in Cleave's intertwined tale of three Olympic hopefuls and the child that binds them together, it all makes sense and dovetails beautifully. Can friendship coexist with explosive rivalry? What stands in the way of — or, alternately, fuels — a blinding passion? If you lose the very thing that gives your life meaning, can you survive afterward? In Gold, Cleave explores the stop-at-nothing determination to win and doesn't let up until he reaches a heart-stopping climax.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cleave (Little Bee) goes for the gold and brings it home in his thrillingly written and emotionally rewarding novel about the world of professional cycling. Zoe Castle and Kate Meadows met at age 19 trying out for the British Cycling Team and have been friends and rivals for 13 years now. Kate might have more natural ability, but Zoe is the more driven of the two. Kate is married to a fellow racer, Jack Argall, and they have an eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, who suffers from leukemia. Zoe is pursued by her own demons and has a tabloid reputation for sleeping around, which doesn't sit well with her agent. Things begin to heat up when the International Olympic Committee changes its rules so that only one cyclist, either Zoe or Kate, will be eligible to compete in the 2012 London Games. 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, building to a winner-take-all race at the Manchester Velodrome. 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 as breathless as a cyclist. From start to finish, this is a truly Olympic-level literary achievement. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Cleave again displays a remarkable aptitude for rendering female characters with startling realism, one of the strengths of his previous novels (particularly 2009's Little Bee). He conjures Sophie's traumatized yet resilient young mind as deftly as he does the complex interior narratives of high-strung Zoe and the more philosophical Kate....In these breathless portrayals of sport and spirit, Gold illuminates the stories of courage, loss, and commitment that are behind each of the seemingly invincible Olympians we root for every four years."
"Review" by , "After the enormous popular success of his second novel, Little Bee, British author Cleave turns to the world of Olympic speed cyclists to explore the shifting sands of ambition, loyalty and love. Tom, who just barely missed his own medal in 1968, is coaching Kate and Zoe to represent Britain at the 2012 Olympics, which the 32-year-old women know will be their last....[Kate's] little girl Sophie is the novel's real heart. Cleave has a gift for portraying difficult children who pull every heartstring....[He] knows how to captivate with rich characters and nimble plotting."
"Review" by , "Cleave's latest novel demonstrates the determination of three extraordinary athletes in a story about true sacrifice....[Their lives are] so intertwined, so complex, that the outcome is sure to be a surprise. Close on the heels of his international best seller Little Bee, British author Cleave has written another story so riveting that it is impossible to put down."
"Review" by , "A heartstring-tugger with an adrenaline-fueled plot from the bestselling author of Little Bee."
"Review" by , "Readers galvanized by best-selling Cleave's previous politically scorching novels (Little Bee, 2009) will be surprised by his foray into the world of Olympic bicycle racing until they discern just how psychologically gripping a tale this is....Spanning the Athens, Beijing, and looming London 2012 Olympics, Cleave's brilliantly plotted, nail-biting, and emotional tale dramatizes the anguish and triumphs of ambition and sacrifice, fame and heartbreak to celebrate the true gold of love."
"Review" by , "Cleave is an acutely intelligent wordsmith. Some of the sentences cut so deep you want to scream out in pain and recognition....This is an inspirational and moving novel in so many ways, and everyone should read it."
"Review" by , "Strikingly well written...[Gold] has that rare gift of getting past the urban sneer to move and gratify, to stir us because it does, indeed, matter. It is bold and brave and, when you're on your way to the games this summer, and the person opposite you on the train is sobbing hot tears onto their Kindle, you'll have a pretty good idea what they're reading."
"Review" by , "[Cleave] is such an energetic writer...Gold flows with the vitality of the sport it covers....An entertaining ride."
"Review" by , "What counts about this thrilling novel are the characters: the flaws and fears that fuel their need to compete, the drives and dreads that bring them together and threaten to bring them to blows....Chris Cleave deserves a medal."
"Synopsis" by , 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?

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.