I have read all three of Chris Cleave's novels, Incendiary, Little Bee, and now Gold. They are very different books, but have a lot in common. They all feature relatively normal people coping with great trials. They infuse tragedy with humor. They feature heartbreakingly wise and endearing children. They feature taut and realistic dialogue, sharp descriptions, fully realized characters, and riveting plots. To deliver at this level with this consistency is something almost magical.— Sara, Atlanta
“Cleave is one of the luminaries of modern fiction and his talent shines just as brightly as the title of Gold. In a novel based on the world of competitive cycling, Cleave offers all of the trauma, dedication, and courage of that elite society, but more importantly, shows us those same attributes in the lives of his other characters, particularly eight-year-old Sophie, who suffers from leukemia. This is a novel that both inspires and informs, providing sadness and exhilaration in equal measure and showing empathy for the human condition. Gold is a reading experience not to be missed.”
— Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
"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?"