Named one of the 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2020
A 2020 Spring OKRA pick
Coming Mar. 10, 2020
A provocative contemporary novel that examines the American dream through the lens of two families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood, and the one summer that changes their lives irrevocably, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z and A Well-Behaved Woman.
After reading A Good Neighborhood, you might be interested in this article by Nikole Hannah-Jones from “The 1619 Project” detailing the underpinnings of systemic racism in the U.S.
Reading group discussion questions coming soon.
In a Starred review, Kirkus says,
“A riveting, potentially redemptive story of modern American suburbia that reads almost like an ancient Greek tragedy…
Fowler empathetically conjures nuanced characters we won’t soon forget, expertly weaves together their stories, and imbues the plot with a sense of inevitability and urgency. In the end, she offers an opportunity for catharsis as well as a heartfelt, hopeful call to action.
Traversing topics of love, race, and class, this emotionally complex novel speaks to—and may reverberate beyond—our troubled times.”
In a Starred review, Library Journal says,
“In a departure from her best-selling historical fiction (A Well-Behaved Woman), Fowler writes a searing story of a neighborhood in present-day America, shining a spotlight on the effects of class and race as two families collide in a small, gentrifying community.
Fowler skillfully renders her characters and their experiences into an unforgettable, heartbreaking story. Great for book clubs and fans of Tayari Jones and Jodi Picoult.”
Booksellers are calling A Good Neighborhood a “literary tour de force.”
“I am in such raptures over this novel. A Good Neighborhood is good. Little Fires Everywhere good. The narrative voice grabs the reader’s attention and then the character development locks them to the page. This is suburban drama that is epic in scope and feels like a Greek tragedy for modern times. It’s hitting America at precisely the right moment in time and will, hopefully, provide a voice of reason and a cautionary tale for these dark days.” Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
“I just finished. And I’m completely speechless. This story is incredible and powerful and has one of the all-time greatest final paragraphs.” Kristen Pidgeon, Riverstone Books
“I finished A Good Neighborhood at about 3:00 this morning. I could not stop reading. I was absolutely gripped by the story, the characters, and the narrator’s voice. I loved it even though it broke my heart. These characters aren’t going to leave me for a long time.” Nancy Baenen, Arcadia Books
“Haunting. Revealing. Totally engrossing. The residents of A Good Neighborhood share the backstory of an American tragedy. With a deft hand in prose and consummate character development, author Therese Anne Fowler presents the narrating residents who warn us of dire consequences to come. This promise grows steadily, building into a crisis mode. This story is like a beacon of light, calling everyone to saneness and sensibility. Read A Good Neighborhood. You’ll never forget it!” Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault
“This book is a masterpiece from beginning to end!” Diane Howell Robinson, Eagle Eye Book Shop
“Therese Anne Fowler has taken the ingredients of racism, justice, and conservative religion and concocted a feast of a read: compelling, heartbreaking, and inevitable. 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
“A Good Neighborhood is my favorite kind of novel–compelling, complicated, timely, and smart. I love the neighbors as Greek Chorus. I love the heartbreak and trauma of contemporary America as suburban drama. I love the tangled issues and loyalties and relationships. With great humanity, Therese Anne Fowler imparts a full-hearted, unflinching indictment of a broken system and in so doing tells a story hard to put down and hard to forget.” Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This is How it Always Is
“Relentlessly paced, stylishly written, and perfectly timed, Therese Anne Fowler’s latest is a 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 and A Piece of the World
“(Fowler’s novel) is a gripping modern morality tale that gives face to the social and racial divisions that so plague communities today. Familiar elements–two families, two young lovers, a legal dispute–frame a story that feels both classic and inevitable.” Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics
“Compelling and captivating, A Good Neighborhood left me speechless, yet wanting to discuss. This is a story that will stick with you for a long time.” Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A provocative, timely page-turner about the crucial issues of our time. I gulped it down, and the stunning conclusion left me both heartbroken and hopeful.” Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London