- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st Edition edition (March 20, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812996062
- ISBN-13: 978-0812996067
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 218 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Lives of Manhattanites have long fascinated discerning writers, from Wharton to McInerney, and with her ninth novel, bestselling [Anna] Quindlen takes her place within this pantheon. . . . [Her] quietly precise evaluation of intertwined lives evinces a keen understanding of and appreciation for universal human frailties. Complex themes and clever motifs make this eminently suitable for book groups.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Exquisitely rendered . . . [Quindlen] is one of our most astute chroniclers of modern life. . . . [Alternate Side] has an almost documentary feel, a verisimilitude that’s awfully hard to achieve.”—The New York Times Book Review
“An exceptional depiction of complex characters—particularly their weaknesses and uncertainties—and the intricacies of close relationships . . . Quindlen’s provocative novel is a New York City drama of fractured marriages and uncomfortable class distinctions.”—Publishers Weekly
“With her signature wisdom and wit, Quindlen takes readers on a romp through a New York City zip code many would kill to call home. When an act of violence rocks this tight-knit neighborhood, fault lines spread through friendships, marriages and brownstones. The takeaway? Be careful what you wish for—and all is not what it seems behind those warmly lit windows. Quindlen once again proves she’s the doyenne of hyper-local drama, this time with a dark and dangerous eye.”—People, Book of the Week
Praise for the bestselling fiction of Anna Quindlen
“Overwhelmingly moving . . . In this novel, where so much is about what vanishes, there is also a deep beating heart, of what also stays.”—The New York Times Book Review, about Miller’s Valley
“Leaves the reader feeling grateful, wide awake, lucky to be alive.”—Michael Chabon, about One True Thing
“Taken as a whole, Quindlen’s writings represent a generous and moving interrogation of women’s experience across the lines of class and race. . . . Quindlen has delivered a novel that will have staying power all its own.”—The New York Times Book Review, about Still Life with Bread Crumbs
“A poignant story of sisterhood, and the universal struggle to find one’s true purpose . . . Quindlen’s superb, generous storytelling has never been more rewarding.”—BookPage, about Rise and Shine
“Anna Quindlen is America’s Resident Sane Person. She has what Joyce called the common touch, the ability to speak to many people about what’s on their minds before they have the vaguest idea what’s on their minds.”—The New York Times, about Blessings
“In a tale that rings strikingly true, Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.”—People, about Every Last One
About the Author
Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Miller’s Valley, and Alternate Side. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.
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But I liked this. Because the protagonist, Nora, was flawed - but also motivated and intelligent - I could accept her decisions and choices and not get annoyed as a reader. She was a well-constructed character who felt real, with high stakes within her world. A lot of times with these types of stories the main character ends up being overwrought, or behaving erratically and it seems silly and that was not the case here.
Some of the other characters do come across a little one-dimensional - the men are all status-seeking wanna-bes in the competitive NYC world, and they often seem a little more annoying than real-life people always are, but at least they were amusingly annoying. And there were enough well-drawn supporting characters to balance it out.
The plot is fairly simple - it's a collection of stresses to a well-heeled dead-end street in Manhattan (I Googled some, and I got a feel for what this would look like) and the kind of tight-knit neighborhood that depends on a razor's edge of everything going according to plan...which it does, and then it doesn't. I feel like this gave a window to an NYC life - nannys, dedicated handymen, that most of us can't relate too.
It's certainly a "rich people's problems" novel - but not super rich. Rich enough to exist, but not rich enough to make their own way entirely.
A lot does happen - but it's slow-building and never that tense. It's the ennui of life and the little things go on just outside your vision, and then all of sudden they're right in front of you. You have to deal with them, and that changes everything else. That's what happens here.
I liked it - the bad reviews are not wrong, but this is the kind of book that will appeal to a certain kind of reader and those who need constant drama and a lot of clear-cut action probably won't appreciate it as much, and that's fine. I liked it though. Once I settled in, I read pretty quick to see how it all turned out and that's how I know a book worked for me.
The only difficulty is parking, and the lot at the end of the street that is used for cars to park, is a metaphor for their lives. Everyone wants a spot, some have a chance, most don’t, and it is often a waiting game. When Charlie wins a spot, life is good. And, then, a trauma occurs, and Nora and Charlie start looking at what has befallen. In fact the entire block is considering and arguing about the trauma. Questions are asked, and like our times, sides are taken. Who is right who is wrong, is not the question, it is how did we get here, and what are we going to do about it. And, these questions and some of the answers are part of a puzzle that change Nora and Charlie’s lives.
The author, Anna Quindlen, has been a part of my reading life since her articles in the New York Times. Her writing all have lessons to be learned, a primer on the issues of the day. What we have with Anna Quindlen is a slice of real life, that does not come along every day.
Recommended. prisrob 03-20-18
Quindlen provides a window into Nora's heart. She has a lovely family and a good dog. Her job pays well. Why is she so discomfited with life?
I am somewhat of Nora's age (a little older, I admit) and relate to the feelings of "what else?" The kids are fine, the house is set, life is good. . .but then again? Nora makes the book an insightful and delicious journey into continuing to grow as you live.
I highly recommend "Alternate Side," maybe not for everyone, but certainly to empty nesters. It's charming