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A stunning, shocking, entertaining, and thought-provoking look at humanity. I want everyone to read this book.-- "Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Mother" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B072JT5CYP
- Publisher : Twelve; 1st edition (February 6, 2018)
- Publication date : February 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1568 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #615,716 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As the storyline unfolds the author is not only able to build the reader's interest and curiosity but also make the reader think about whether Nicole and her neighbors are being nosy, intrusive and judgmental or if there really is something ominous happening with Winnie, an adopted daughter of one of the families. The characters are described with their quirks & struggles and this draws you in to try to understand their motives and to learn the truth. I was engaged reading about the lives of these characters wanting to know what would eventually happen to them. This is a very thought provoking story and I highly recommend the book!
This book really makes one think about the issue of adopting a child from a foreign country and how overwhelming it is for the child. It truly made me think and appreciate all the positive adoptions that occur on an annual basis.
This is a very compelling book and I read it in one day as I could not put it down. During the Oscars last night, I read during each commercial break. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was that I would have preferred knowing more about Winnie at the end. This is a terrific debut novel and I look forward to the author's next book.
The four families in GOOD NEIGHBORS are inseparable - or are they? Is their friendship based only on proximity and the children? The chemistry changes after Paige and Gene Edwards adopt a four-year-old Russian girl. Even before the child arrives in the United States, the other neighbors are questioning the adoption itself and even the name chosen by the Edwards for their new daughter. I can hear behind-the-back chatter: “Who names a Russian girl Winifred? Thank goodness they plan to call her Winnie.” Would things have turned out differently if she were called Olga, I wonder.
Winnie is an unusual little girl, and the story’s narrator, Nicole Westerhof, takes a special interest in her. During their interactions, Nicole becomes concerned about Winnie’s life with Paige, Gene and brother Cameron. At the same time, she is dealing with a troubled sister and mother. When her husband lends no support on either subject, Nicole struggles with revealing her thoughts to the neighbors. As she vacillates, the anti-Edwards whispering campaign has begun, and the camaraderie begins to deteriorate.
I love Nicole! One side of her is superficial; just like me, she first notices everyone’s attire in minute detail and mentally criticizes those who are inappropriately dressed. On the other hand, she is deeply introspective and a well grounded wife and mother. Her concern for Winnie is touching and believable. Despite her frustration with her sister and mother, she loves them.
Paige could have been my former neighbor. She lives in the perfect house with the nicest yard. She throws the best dinner parties, thanks to her live-in nanny/cook/maid. She is the social doyenne of the group. She cannot cope with an imperfect child. Her life begins to unravel.
Joanne Serling not only develops believable characters, but she writes terrific dialogue. What a great discussion GOOD NEIGHBORS would engender at a book club! I look forward to more from this writer.