The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door

Book - 2016
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Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours. One is black, one white. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility which they prune with a zeal that belies the fact that they are both over eighty. But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping softens into lively debate, and from there into memories shared. But could these sparks of connection ever transform into friendship?
Publisher: London :, Chatto & Windus,, 2016
ISBN: 9781784740337
Branch Call Number: FIC OMO
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 23 cm


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Jul 08, 2018

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Aug 28, 2017

This light novel tells the story of two wealthy, elderly women neighbours in South Africa, one black, one white. Will their relationship evolve from antagonism to friendship? This may be a nice story, but is far from the reality of the vast majority of people.


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Ruth NMN Craw
Apr 28, 2017

Two 70-something widows live next door to each other in an expensive suburb of a large ctiy in South Africa. One is black, one white. Both were successful professionals. Both are very bitter, unhappy women. They disagree about everything, exchanging insults at neighbohood committee meetings.

A series of unhappy events for each of them leads them to see each other as human beings rather than the enemy. Detente, even friendship, results between the racist and the black woman who is hardened in mistrust and anger. Each woman starts to open up her heart, which affects other parts of her life as well. Neither is likeable at first, but the reader comes to understand them and have compassion. It is very well written, sad, with rays of hope.

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