A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler




From the Publisher: "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? 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 from 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".


A Good Neighborhood is an extremely powerful book. The author writes from multiple points of view and tells a story which is believable, memorable and contemporary. The characters were well-developed and the story unfolded in a logical manner. I was captivated from the beginning and had a hard time putting this book down. This was the first book I have read from this author, but based on this book I will be sure to seek out more of her books. I highly recommend this book to those of you who love contemporary fiction. A great book for book clubs.

Thanks to Netgalley and St.Martin’s Press for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

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