TUESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB
Author Jodi Picoult describes “A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler as
“as a feast of a read, compelling, heartbreaking and inevitable.” The Tuesday Afternoon Book described the book in much the same way as they discussed it at their August meeting.
The book takes place in Oak Knoll, a tight knit North Caroline neighborhood. Valarie Alston-Holt, a forestry and ecology professor, is raising a biracial son Xavier, who will soon head to college to study music. All is well until the Whitmans, Brad and Julie – a white family, buy the house next door. They raze the house and backyard trees and build themselves a showplace. Brad Whitman is a local celebrity making TV commercials for his HVAC company. Julia, who grew up poor, is finally secure as Brad’s wife and mother to 2 daughters in a house she never imagined would be hers. The families find themselves at odds – first about Valarie’s historic tree and soon after the blossoming romance between Xavier and Julia’s daughter, Juniper.
“A Good Neighborhood” is a story of modern day suburbia. What does it mean to be a good neighbor? The book explores the effects of class, race and teenage love.
Stop by the LeRoy Public Library to check out this book or a wide variety of great reads for young and old. Many new books are available and waiting for you. All you need to bring is your library card!!