A Good Neighborhood: A Novel

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Mar 10, 2020 - Fiction - 320 pages

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"A provocative, absorbing read."
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“A feast of a read... 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

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, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans—a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter—raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.

With little in common except a property line, these two 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.

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 love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

 

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

Midway through this novel, I thought I was reading a story about conflict between neighbors and an environmental lawsuit. I was mistaken - the sweet teenage romance I thought was a subplot turned out ... Read full review

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A Good Neighborhood: A Novel by Therese Anne Fowler shows a raw and gritty look at the 21st-century Greek tragedy filled with obsession, innocents, and devotion displayed in a polarized society. Read full review

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THERESE ANNE FOWLER is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A Well-Behaved Woman. Raised in the Midwest, she moved to North Carolina in 1995. She holds a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University.

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