The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door

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"Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires. Sworn enemies, the two share a hedge and a deliberate hostility, which they maintain with a zeal that belies their age. But, one day, an unexpected event forces Hortensia and Marion together. As the physical barriers between them collapse, their bickering gradually softens into conversation, which yields a discovery of shared experiences. But are these sparks of connection enough to ignite a friendship, or is too late to expect these women to change? The U.S. debut of an Etisalat Prize Finalist, The Woman Next Door is a winning story of the common ground we sometimes find in unexpected places, told with wit and wry humor"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017
Edition: First U.S. Edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250124579
Branch Call Number: Fiction Omotoso
Characteristics: pages cm

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MaryJoSchifsky
Jul 08, 2018

Aug 2018 BM books selection

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uncommonreader
Aug 28, 2017

This light novel tells the story of two wealthy, elderly women neighbours in South Africa, one black, one white. Will their relationship evolve from antagonism to friendship? This may be a nice story, but is far from the reality of the vast majority of people.

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Ruth NMN Craw
Apr 28, 2017

Two 70-something widows live next door to each other in an expensive suburb of a large ctiy in South Africa. One is black, one white. Both were successful professionals. Both are very bitter, unhappy women. They disagree about everything, exchanging insults at neighbohood committee meetings.

A series of unhappy events for each of them leads them to see each other as human beings rather than the enemy. Detente, even friendship, results between the racist and the black woman who is hardened in mistrust and anger. Each woman starts to open up her heart, which affects other parts of her life as well. Neither is likeable at first, but the reader comes to understand them and have compassion. It is very well written, sad, with rays of hope.

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