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Publisher's Summary

The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood - and a seemingly happy marriage - are exposed by an unexpected act of violence in this provocative new novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Miller’s Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life - except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage. With humor, understanding, an acute eye, and a warm heart, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning. 

©2018 Anna Quindlen (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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An excellent listen

I really enjoyed this book and it helped me put my own divorce after 25 years into perspective. I recommend it!

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Anna Quindlen Is Perfect...as always

I’ve read every book written by this lovely, talented writer. She never fails to amaze with with her perfect prose ~ which always speak to me. Thank you again, Ms. Quindlen.

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Amazed this is Anna Quindlan

I love Anna Quindlan so I was stunned by this book. These characters are completely self-absorbed and unlikable. I made it to chapter 9 but just didn't care about any of them and their parking space, rude children, and snotty friends. I only liked the dog.

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Skip This One

I am an avid audible listener and generally like stories by Anna Quindlen, but this book is TERRIBLE. It has no plot. I kept waiting for the plot to develop or for the story to take some twist or turn, but it never happened... I wish I could have those 7 hours and 40 minutes of my life back...

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  • Silvia
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • 04-14-18

New Yorkers 0nly

This self-absorbed tale of privileged white people may be enjoyed by that same demographic. The characters were unsympathetic, two-dimensional spoiled rich kids; the two non-white characters matched stereotypes that abound. Finally, the narrator's voice grated and she lacked the ability to give credible voice to anyone. I wished that I followed you instinct and returned it after listening to the first hour. I expected better from Quindlen!

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Stereotypes Galore

Turned off by stereotypes of people of color throughout book. This was made worse by performance of them. Demeaning accents/tone/slang.

Best chapters at very end when reflecting on evolution of marriage and relationships.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Boring and predictable

The moneyed meet the help. Upstairs Downstairs on a dead end street in Manhattan minus the humor, pathos and relationships. Boring to its essence.

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Long long road to nowhere

(Yawn) Time one can never get back. Blather and tuck about rich New Yorkers and their first world problems.

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So disappointing

Every NYC cliche is here: the homeless wiseman who isn’t really homeless, parking issues, ethnic food delivered at 2 A.M., spoiled Gen Z twins, with the girl of course a hysterical b**** and the boy a chill genius...More importantly, it takes five chapters for there to be a whisper of a plot. For the record, I like Anna Quindlen a lot.

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Disappointed

I was very much looking forward to this new addition of Anna Quindlen's wonderful work. But, I felt that the story was so understated that it dragged and amounted to a lackluster read. I found the characters flat, and detached ranging from obnoxious to simply unlikable. Their superficiality was a given, but the reinforcement of their non-troubles became the fabric of the entire novel. In my opinion, not very interesting except for Ms. Quindlen's masterful wordplay.

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  • 03-30-18

Never quite got going

I was disappointed in this book as I usually enjoy this author. I felt the whole story line never really got going and I struggled to find the point of the plot. The characters other than Nora were poorly developed and unconvincing and the plot uninteresting. At times the language was good but overall I was disappointed