In the tradition of his beloved previous novel, Little Bee, Chris Cleave again gives us an elegant, funny, passionate story about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption. This time, the setting is the London Olympics. Gold is the story of two women, Zoe and Kate, world-class cyclists who have been friends and rivals since their first day of elite training years ago. They have loved, fought, betrayed, forgiven, lost, consoled, triumphed, and grown up together. Now, on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, the two must compete for the one remaining spot on their team. In doing so, the women will be tested to their physical, mental and emotional limits. They will confront each other and their own mortality, and be asked to decide: What will you sacrifice for the people you love?
1. The concept of chasing for the gold is a running theme throughout the book. Beyond the actual gold medals at the Olympics, in what ways do characters search for their ‘gold’? In what ways do they achieve their ‘gold’?
2. Zoe’s competitiveness was one of the constants throughout the...
"Friendship, rivalry, redemption, loyalty, health and basic goodness are all deftly explored in this novel. . . . [Cleave] is at his best when he describes the physical and emotional sacrifices and the pain that must be endured by those who pursue cycling, and likely any sport, at an elite level."
—Winnipeg Free Press