The Woman Next DoorBook - 2017
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For March, I read The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso, a book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa). The setting for this book was a wealthy area of South Africa. Hortensia (black) and Marion (white) are neighbors in their elderly years who do NOT get along and often spar at neighborhood meetings. Both are educated and on the tail… (more)
For March, I moved on down the Read Harder Challenge list and read a book about nature, and a book from a BRICS country (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - it's an economic designation). Right now, my bookshelf with books I have checked out of the library is overflowing with books I want to read. And yet, I find myself reading books for this challenge which make me say meh. I… (more)
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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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