by Anna Quindlen
Editor: Random House Large Print Publishing
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Tensions in a tight neighborhood, this neighborhood-and apparently happy marriage-are exposed by an unexpected act of violenceA provocative novel about money, class and self-discovery, the #1 New York Times best-seller Miller author is from the Valley and Encore la Vie with Breadcrumbs.Some days, Nora Nolan thinks she and her husband, Charlie, charmed by life – except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins in college.And why notNew York City has once been Nora’s dream destination, and its block deadlock clanic has become a “safe harbor”, a quiet village in the midst of urban madness.The owners watch each other’s children grow upThey’re using the same handymanThey trade gossip and colic, and they fight for the ultimate status symbol: a place in the block of the small parking lot.Then, one morning, Nora returns from her execution to discover a terrible incident that shook the neighborhood, and the enviable block impasse turns into a powerful symbol of the divided city.The fault lines begin to open up: on the block, at the working Nora, especially in her marriageWith an acute eyepiece that captures the snap crackle of modern life, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a woman, and a woman at a moment of truth.
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