A Good Neighborhood

A Good Neighborhood

eBook - 2020
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"A gripping 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250237286
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 311 pages)


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Mar 29, 2020

Again, the question of whether a white person can write a book with the perspective of a minority. This falls short. Yes, she quotes Zadie Smith in the foreword, but the story doesn’t follow through. Perhaps before the uproar over this issue earlier in AMERICAN DIRT, I might have enjoyed this book more. The story is okay, but the characters lack depth. After reading the book, I never felt I really wanted to live in this good neighborhood. Xavier is too much of a goody-goody bi-racial boy being raised by a single mom. Juniper, his neighbor who had a purity ceremony with her father in a church ceremony at age 14, is flat. I felt I was reading a story filled with clichés about various people.

Mar 12, 2020

Set in a middle class neighborhood in the South, A Good Neighborhood is about the collision of two families, one white and one mixed race.

I find this to be a pretty compelling read, and I thought the way it presented the subject matter and the media's handling of what happens fairly well. However, to me it lacks the nuance and complexity needed to make it great. The characters are basically either all good or all bad. I don't want to say too much more, but to me at least one of the characters approached caricature. So mixed feelings. I enjoyed it as I was reading it, but had niggling doubts that have grown since I finished it.

Mar 10, 2020

Point of view is distinctly different in Fowler's A Good Neighborhood. The story is told in the first person plural, using the pronoun "we." Who that "we" represents is never made clear, but it seems to be the people of the title, the "good neighborhood" folks who live in Oak Knoll, a respectable middle class place, where people of different ages and races have lived together peacefully . Using this device puts a distance between the reader and the story and it made me a little uncomfortable.


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