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Good Neighbors: A Novel



by
Sarah Langan

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atria (Adult)
ISBN
9781982144364
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Violence: Child Abuse, Violence: Death, Violence: Suicide, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
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Celeste Ng’s enthralling dissection of suburbia meets Shirley Jackson’s creeping dread in this propulsive literary noir, when a sudden tragedy exposes the depths of deception and damage in a Long Island suburb—pitting neighbor against neighbor and putting one family in terrible danger.

Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world.

Arlo Wilde, a gruff has-been rock star who’s got nothing to show for his fame but track marks, is always two steps behind the other dads. His wife, beautiful ex-pageant queen Gertie, feels socially ostracized and adrift. Spunky preteen Julie curses like a sailor and her kid brother Larry is called “Robot Boy” by the kids on the block.

Their next-door neighbor and Maple Street’s Queen Bee, Rhea Schroeder—a lonely community college professor repressing her own dark past—welcomes Gertie and family into the fold. Then, during one spritzer-fueled summer evening, the new best friends share too much, too soon.

As tensions mount, a sinkhole opens in a nearby park, and Rhea’s daughter Shelly falls inside. The search for Shelly brings a shocking accusation against the Wildes that spins out of control. Suddenly, it is one mom’s word against the other’s in a court of public opinion that can end only in blood.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Violence: Child Abuse, Violence: Death, Violence: Suicide, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Thriller, Satire

Topics

Neighbors. Neighborhoods.  Family life. Motherhood. Deception. Fraud. Long Island, New York. Suburbia.

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