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A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Contemporary fiction

A Good Neighborhood

by Therese Anne Fowler

Quick take

A teenage romance throws two families into chaos, striking tensions between race and class in a quaint suburban town.

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  • Heavy read

  • Social issues

  • Graphic violence

  • Suburban drama


This book contains violence and sexual content that some readers may find upsetting.

Why I love it

As someone who happens to read a lot, the sign of a good book for me is whether I can recall the details of where I was when I read it. I distinctly remember sitting in my office devouring Miracle Creek cover to cover; the hotel room I holed myself up in while burning through Little Fires Everywhere; and the coffee shop where I was captivated by Ask Again, Yes. And in the case of A Good Neighborho...

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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, ambitio...

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