Carrie Soto Is Back – the new novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid – may be one of the most hotly-anticipated novels of 2022, following hot on the heels of Malibu Rising. It is a powerful story about greatness against the odds, the inside of an athlete’s psyche and the beauty of ageing.
Carrie Soto has retired from tennis as one of the best players the world has ever seen, now her record of twenty Grand Slam titles stands under threat from newcomer Nicki Chan. Seeing her record on the verge of falling, she decides to make a comeback, with the aid of her father and coach Javier. At thirty-seven years old she is one of the oldest players in the game and so this comeback is anything but easy – even picking her hitting partner turns out to be an ordeal given her past as ‘the Battle-Axe.’
Even for those who are not fans of tennis, there is a beauty and spellbinding grace in the way that Jenkins Reid speaks of the game and narrates the matches that Carrie Soto wins and loses. It’s an intoxicating story that will appeal to fans of Jenkins Reid and newcomers to her writing.