The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhoodand a seemingly happy marriageare exposed by an unexpected act of violence in this provocative new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Millers Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed lifeexcept when theres a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Noras dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage. With humor, understanding, an acute eye, and a warm heart, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning....
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Alternate Side Reviews
Nora Nolan has always felt a kinship with New York City and wants to live nowhere else. Her husband Charlie doesn’t feel the same way. He’s always trying to convince her to move from the city, mostly because he hasn’t found success in NYC and thinks he’ll do better elsewhere. Their twins have left home and are living at college now. The dead end street where they live is a tight knit group of friends and those not well thought of. Most have dogs and Nora and Charlie’s dog, Homer, opens up channe ...more
3.5 Stars rounded up!
ALTERNATE SIDE by ANNA QUINDLEN is an enjoyable, entertaining, and easy read that made me laugh, think, reflect, and ponder.
ANNA QUINDLEN delivers an interesting, insightful, well-written and engaging story here set on a dead-end block in Manhattan. The story is narrated exclusively by Nora and through her perspective we really get an inside look into her thoughts. Her thoughts is what I really enjoyed the most!
ALTERNATE SIDE was a clever title for this story and I enjoyed t ...more
3.5 Stars* (rounded up)
Parking spaces and marital strife are at the heart of “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlen. Nora and Charlie live on a dead end street in NYC. Their life is consumed with work and their kids. And then it happens - after many years of living on their street, Charlie finally gets that coveted parking spot and he couldn’t be happier. For him, it is the ultimate, it means he has arrived. Nora, on the other hand, can’t help but find the whole thing a bit ridiculous. And that my fr ...more
Nora and Charlie Nolan have been married almost 25 years. Their kids are Rachel and Oliver, twins who are away at their respective colleges. The Nolans own one of the brownstones on a dead end block in New York City. Where one of the buildings should be, there is a gap. Apparently, years ago one of the buildings had burned to the ground, but was never rebuilt. Instead, this space has been used as a parking lot for several of the buildings' inhabitants. There's only 6 available parking s ...more
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From the blurb .. "The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of violence". And that 'act of violence' was about the only interesting thing in the book.
I like character driven stories but this one didn't capture my attention, dry reading. I skimmed the last half of the book to get the gist of it.
Often, I’m an outlier because I don’t like books that many of my GR friends liked. This time I feel like an outlier because I really enjoyed reading Alternate Sides, when it seems to be tanking with many of my GR friends.
Not much happens in Alternate Sides and the characters generally don’t evoke much sympathy. The story focuses on a group of neighbours who live on a rare dead end street in Manhattan. They own their Victorian houses, and are therefore rich based on the value of their rea ...more
I'm a big Anna Quindlen fan. You can always count on Quindlen for stellar writing and perceptive, insightful explorations into her characters and their life situations. That said, I was a little put off by the tone of this book at first - it came off as arch and sardonic, which I wasn't expecting. It didn't seem very "Anna Quindlen-ish."
But, hey.....she came through again. I fell into the rhythm of the story and the characters and the tone began to make sense. The story centers around a middle-a ...more
This will be a difficult review, because I have loved every one of Anna Quindlen's books -- but I didn't love this one. She writes about New York life and motherhood, neither of which have much to do with me, yet I still find her stories and her storytelling flawless.
However, I almost didn't finish this book because at first it was all about a parking lot on a dead end street. And a husband who was obsessed with renting a spot and proud as a peacock when his wish was granted. While I was struggl ...more