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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. The owners watch one another's children grow up. They use the same handyman. They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the ultimate status symbol: a spot in the block's small parking lot. Then one morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the enviable dead-end block turns into a potent symbol of a divided city. The fault lines begin to open: on the block, at Nora's job, especially in her marriage.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812996067
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 25 cm

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_joanna_ Jun 21, 2018

Quindlen is always fun to read, but I struggled with this one. There is a lot of sympathy here for rich people behaving badly, getting off scott-free with no one really having to face up to the consequences of their actions, beyond moments of "feeling stupid." I went into the book expecting it to be a book about what happens when working class and upper class lives intersect, but it turns out that this is just the backdrop for a novel about marriage. I was also left wondering why Nora did not stand up more to her boorish husband and neighbors.

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fashiongirl
Jun 05, 2018

Loved it, quick, and easy read for the summer! City dwellers can relate to a few of the daily dramas of city living described in the book.

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bronteside
Jun 01, 2018

The dead end street of this novel is metaphorical
And oxymoronic : while dogs , neighbours and marriages die-
There is life leaving it.
Everything that happens here - happens everywhere else.
The only difference?
In the end Almost everyone comes out on top.
Written with humour and insight..Quindlen gives us
The happy ending we all long for.

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AnneCarolineDrake
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.

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darladoodles
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.

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carolefort
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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