A Good Neighborhood

A Good Neighborhood

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.

Title:A Good Neighborhood
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250237279
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    A Good Neighborhood Reviews

  • David Putnam

    Love this book. Solid five stars. Won it on the Goodreads Giveaway contest. I predict it will instantly be a New York Times bestseller. I don’t say this too often but it’s the kind of book that I ...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    In the love literature Gods, what an incredible, tasteful gem I just read! This is epic! This is masterpiece! This is surprising! I loved everything about it and I’m sure it’s gonna be most antici...

  • Emily May

    2 1/2 stars.Reading this was a bit like reading two separate books, in which the first two thirds was Liane Moriarty at her slowest, and the final third was a constant stream of heart-pounding, horrib...

  • Angela M

    In the beginning we’re warned that a tragedy has occurred and I was hooked already wondering. As the story progresses, it’s intense to say the very least and I became so emotionally involved with ...

  • Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    1/2 StarsUnpopular opinion ahead and over-sensitive thinker at work here. I am an outlier in this one I am sure. Updated opinion from my original review that got a lot of comments about how realistic ...

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...A compelling and timely read! This story involves two families whose lives will intertwine in ways they would never have imagine...

  • Lorilin

    In a seemingly close-knit neighborhood in North Carolina, a widowed ecology professor, Valerie, is raising her biracial son, Xavier, in the house she bought years ago with her husband—before his sud...

  • Susanne  Strong

    5 Breathless, Stunning Stars. Actions. Circumstances. Ramifications. My Oh My! What a tangled Web You Weave!When you think of a suburban community, you think barbecues and book clubs. That’s exactly...

  • Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

    “What has more meaning to humankind than words? Without a call to action, change rarely occurs.” A tragedy strikes a “Good Neighborhood.” This is where good families and good people live. ...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** My feelings are all over the place on this one. I think it is extremely well written, the use of the third person omnipotent point of view is always an interesting view. I think it...