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A Good Neighborhood (2020)

par Therese Anne Fowler

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"Therese Anne Fowler has taken the ingredients of racism, justice, and conservative religion and has concocted a feast of a read: compelling, heartbreaking, and inevitable. I finished A Good Neighborhood in a single sitting. Yes, it's that good." --Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light A gripping contemporary novel that examines the American dream through the lens of two families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood, and the one summer that changes their lives irrevocably, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z and A Well-Behaved Woman. In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door--an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter. Thanks to his thriving local business, Brad Whitman is something of a celebrity around town, and he's made a small fortune on his customer service and charm, while his wife, Julia, escaped her trailer park upbringing for the security of marriage and homemaking. Their new house is more than she ever imagined for herself, and who wouldn't want to live in Oak Knoll? But with little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers. Told in multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today -- what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye? -- as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that's as provocative as it is powerful. Praise for A Good Neighborhood: "A Good Neighborhood is my favorite kind of novel -- compelling, complicated, timely, and smart. With great humanity, Therese Anne Fowler imparts a full-hearted, unflinching indictment of a broken system and in so doing tells a story hard to put down and hard to forget." --Laurie Frankel, bestselling author of This is How it Always Is… (plus d'informations)
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I really enjoyed this book. Subtle thriller that leads you downs path that has many possible endings. It is written with a narrator interjecting a points which at first I found odd but then was waiting to read as it was Giving you clues or Distractions to which path would be the end. There is a racial piece woven throughout that is done very thoughtfully and with a true perspective. This is worth a read. ( )
  mm691984 | Feb 11, 2021 |
I really enjoyed the writing and the point of view narration. The story started of strong and intriguing and then it just went in way too many different directions that made it hard to follow and in the end I was not sure what to make of it. I strongly disliked the ending and I found some parts just not realistic based on the overall flow of the story. This story had potential, I just wished it had stuck it hadn't gone in so many directions. ( )
  sunshine608 | Feb 2, 2021 |
Predictable but also feels like an incoming car wreck and you can't turn yourself away from it. Writing is quite well done although characters are a bit flat. I liked the writing style because it brings out all the emotions and has you lashing out at the characters for their actions and behaviors. (Looking at you, Brad. You horrible awful waste of human DNA)

Frustrations mount towards Juniper. I've never seen anyone not being able to answer a yes/no question with the way she does it. Yes she's been through trauma and she's pretty much manipulated throughout but come on girl...simple yes or no questions..you can answer those yeah?

Worth a read, get ready for some emotional roller coaster rides. It'll make you angry one minute, satisfied the next, sad the next chapter after. ( )
  sensitivemuse | Jan 13, 2021 |
Excellent book. Enjoyed the narrative style. The story was real but sad. ( )
  shazjhb | Jan 8, 2021 |
Author Therese Anne Fowler has written a book that is both compelling and provocative. A Good Neighborhood is super timely and I know this will be one that is talked about at length this coming year.

The novel delves into issues of young love, race, gender, family, identity, socioeconomic issues, community, and sexual consent. While the writing is complex it also kept me on the edge of my seating while reading it.

While this book was heavy with thought-provoking and important topics, it is completely readable and engaging. I found the narration told through the collective voice of the main character's neighbors was unique and nuanced. This way of storytelling lets the characters come through in a layered and multifaceted manner.

While some of the storylines were fairly predictable, it was so only because so much of what this fiction novel focuses around is all too relatable in today's real-world and polarizing political climate.

There were parts of this book that stood out to me more than others but all in all this book is not to be missed. The many complexities to the characters and storyline made this especially gripping and it would make an amazing book club discussion.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
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"Therese Anne Fowler has taken the ingredients of racism, justice, and conservative religion and has concocted a feast of a read: compelling, heartbreaking, and inevitable. I finished A Good Neighborhood in a single sitting. Yes, it's that good." --Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light A gripping contemporary novel that examines the American dream through the lens of two families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood, and the one summer that changes their lives irrevocably, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z and A Well-Behaved Woman. In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door--an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter. Thanks to his thriving local business, Brad Whitman is something of a celebrity around town, and he's made a small fortune on his customer service and charm, while his wife, Julia, escaped her trailer park upbringing for the security of marriage and homemaking. Their new house is more than she ever imagined for herself, and who wouldn't want to live in Oak Knoll? But with little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers. Told in multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today -- what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye? -- as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that's as provocative as it is powerful. Praise for A Good Neighborhood: "A Good Neighborhood is my favorite kind of novel -- compelling, complicated, timely, and smart. With great humanity, Therese Anne Fowler imparts a full-hearted, unflinching indictment of a broken system and in so doing tells a story hard to put down and hard to forget." --Laurie Frankel, bestselling author of This is How it Always Is

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