- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (October 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250048583
- ISBN-13: 978-1250048585
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A tale for readers who enjoy humorous women’s fiction that explores deeper themes.” ―Booklist
About the Author
AMY SUE NATHAN lives and writes near Chicago where she hosts the award-winning Women's Fiction Writers blog. She has been published in Chicago Tribune, Writer's Digest, the New York Times and Washington Post online, andHuffington Post, among many others. Amy has two grown children and is busy writing her next novel.
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The Good Neighbor, centers on the newly divorced mother of young Noah, moving in next door to a neighbor from long ago. To fill up the lonely nights, Izzy writes a blog, "anonymously," and it takes off because all the respondents want to connect with someone who understands this particular brand of loneliness, emptiness, and exhaustion.
They say you can't just tell one lie; they add up. Bruce, the ex-, finally tells Izzy he's lost his job and cannot pay childcare. And he's going to California with stunning Amanda, to look for another job. The California detour upsets their shaky relationship, but Izzy believes she has no choice..
It seems that the divorce has taken her breath away. She worries …about a job, about childcare, about her own exhaustion, and about how Bruce and Amanda are spending their time together in California.
Izzy's over-achieving friends want her to be the Voice of Philly, an online blogger for 40 something divorced men and women. She is an instant sensation. The problem begins with one single lie - the boyfriend is purely an invention of her imagination, and he's a #10. Because of the close quarters at the office, Izzy has to be careful. People are beginning to be too curious.
She nearly bursts when she decides to tell her elderly, sweet neighbor, Mrs. Feldman, that Mac is not real. Mrs. Feldman, like a good aunty, is not amused; she is shattered by the news. Then you realize that the elderly woman, whose children are trying to manage her life, has her own secret, which she has held in her heart for many years, and you have to sit back and wonder how the dilemma will work out.
Highly recommended, with deep emotions, realistic characters, and some worthwhile skepticism of pinning your dreams to a blog.
Why not start a blog, she wonders? And thus begins her adventures in cyberspace, a place where anyone can concoct a life, often playing fast and loose with the truth. Izzy's problem stems from the fact that she excels at blogging and is hired by her best friend. How does she confess to creating a fake boyfriend - a paragon of boyfriends, the envy of women everywhere? One lie begets another, and Izzy finds herself in over her head with no exit strategy.
I love the well developed characters in The Good Neighbor. Izzy's story is not the least bit far-fetched. Who among us has not fibbed or embellished on social media sites? Anonymity is powerful! Mrs. Feldman is sheer delight. At 85, she has not ceded her title of Jewish mother with her collection of tchotchkes and Yiddish maxims. I can picture her doling out treats to Izzy and her son and helping him achieve his current little boy fantasy.
The Good Neighbor is a perfect book for everyone who appreciates fine writing and character development. Add a funny, yet realistic plot, and - bam - a wonderful, entertaining, heartwarming story is born. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
I shouldn't have waited.
Nathan has the ability to create characters with depth, characters with flaws, and characters who readers can't help but love because of their perfect imperfections. And the writing is brilliant - single lines and full paragraphs of universal truths scattered throughout the novel, not only sharing the story of the characters but also allowing the reader to learn the beautiful lessons regarding love and hope and disappointments and expectations along with the fictional characters.
I will not pause when Nathan's next book comes out, and will be recommending this one to many people.
The story made me feel like I knew the charecters and her writing is just so hard to put down.
I have now read all her books and pre ordered her new one. Give it a read...I think you will enjoy it!!!