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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.--Provided by Publisher
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780812996067
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 27, 2018

Not Anna Quindlen's best. The tension between have's and have not's is a bit trite.

Yet, the book redeems itself with an honest portrayal of family and neighborhood dynamics in NYC. I read it in one day and didn't want to put it down. I was drawn into the life of the central character, Nora Nolan. And, I loved the honest portrayal of lives behind closed doors that don't glitter quite as brightly as the inhabitants pretend.

ehbooklover Apr 09, 2018

What at first seems to be an exploration of a New York City neighbourhood actually morphs into an examination of a disintegrating marriage. I loved the characters, flaws and all. And as always, I really enjoyed Quindlen's writing style.

Mar 19, 2018

A big thank you to Random House and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book and at times I did enjoy it. NYC is a compelling setting for a book and I did appreciate that facet of the book the very most. We are viewing a dead end block in southern Manhattan from the viewpoint of Nora, an empty nester in her early 50's. Events large and small converge together and like dominoes changes happen around Nora and in her own life, her marriage included. Some of this book rang true for me, other parts did not. Anna's writing style is one that from time to time suddenly gives you an aha moment. There were a few in this novel, but this was not my favorite of the Anna Quindlen books I have read so far.

Mar 01, 2018

I must admit that I am a fan of Ms. Quindlen's writing, be it fiction or non-fiction. This particular novel tells the story of Nora and Charlie Nolan, who live on a dead-end upper-crust block in NYC which provides them with close relationships with their neighbors, at times too close. It is apparent that living there can and does become somewhat claustrophobic. One violent incident sets off a chain of events that will affect almost everyone on the block, including Nora and Charlie. The book is well-written and a most enjoyable read. Highly recommended for fans of relationship fiction.


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