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Gold by Chris Cleave

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Longtime friends Kate and Zoe, both age 32, face their final chance to win a gold medal in track cycling at the 2012 Olympics in London in the newest novel by Little Bee author Chris Cleave. For years, deeply troubled Zoe has stooped to whatever means necessary to win, repeatedly threatening their friendship. On the other hand, compassionate Kate has balanced her sports career with the needs of her daughter, Sophie. Now Kate faces an Olympic challenge of another kind as the games approach: Sophie suffers from a recurrence of leukemia. This gripping, surprising portrayal of a tested friendship, which contains profanity and sexually explicit scenes, is infused with a profound critique of professional sport and its impact on the emotional, physical, and domestic domains of participants. (Doubleday Canada)

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