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A Good Neighborhood: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Therese Anne Fowler

Narrated By: Ella Turenne

Date: March 2020

Duration: 10 hours 36 minutes


“A feast of a read... I finished A Good Neighborhood in a single sitting. Yes, it’s that good.” —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light

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, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans—an apparently traditional family with new money and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter—raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.

With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today—what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye?—as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

“While Faulkner’s story veers off into the traditional grotesquerie of Southern Gothic literature, Fowler’s culminates with injustices that are painfully easy to imagine because they continue to be a part of our contemporary lived experience.” — Washington Post

“A timely story about what happens when we fail to consider how our actions affect others and the tragedy that can befall us if we can’t coexist with those whose values are different from our own.” — Atlanta Journal


  • Latoya L.

    What hold more than words, actions. Whew this book here...... a depicts racial divide, injustices in the justice system, and how man acts by his pants and desires. Juniper and Xavier are two kids in love. Xavier a mixed boy, but recognized by society as a black boy, and Juniper a white girl. Xavier's father died as a result of his racists brother fight with him for marrying a black woman and having the nerve to bring them back home. He fell and hit his head, resulting in a concussion, and death. Xavier raised by his mother, excelled in school, especially music, with no trouble in site. Here moves in the new neighbors. Brad, a rich entitled male chauvinist. He has a thing for his stepdaughter Juniper, and is planning a way to make love to her. He gifts her with a Range Rover and makes advances towards her. One day, he went looking for Juniper and walks in on her and Xavier, and went berserk. Without disclosing all of the story, it gets weird. This is a must read....I couldn't put it down. I read this in one day,I couldn't put this one down. #book17of2020 #bookworm #whatsnext #highlyrecommended

  • Bethany T.

    The story was okay. I was interested enough to want to finish it, but was super disappointed in the ending. I kept waiting for a big twist or something shocking. It was kind of a let down. I looked up the age of the author and was surprised that she was in her 50's. Felt like it was written by someone the age of the characters - late high school / early college.

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