“A feast of a read... I finished A Good Neighborhood in a single sitting. Yes, it’s that good.” ―Jodi Picoult
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―a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter―raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.
With little in common except a property line, these two 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.
“Relentlessly paced, stylishly written, and perfectly timed, Therese Anne Fowler’s latest isa sharp, moving portrait of an American neighborhood on the brink of change.You’ll be thinking about A Good Neighborhood long after you've left it.”
―Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
Therese Anne Fowler is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (adapted for television by Amazon Studios as Z: The Beginning of Everything starring Christina Ricci), A Well-Behaved Woman, and A Good Neighborhood. She is married to author John Kessel.