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Ellen Archer

7 Hours 41 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

March 2018

Audio Book Summary

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life-except when there's 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 Nora's dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. The owners watch one another's children grow up. They use the same handyman. They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the ultimate status symbol: a spot in the block's small parking lot.

Then one morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the enviable dead-end block turns into a potent symbol of a divided city. The fault lines begin to open: on the block, at Nora's job, and especially in her marriage. With an acute eye that captures the snap crackle of modern life, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.

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    I like this book. It’s Basically about every day life in New York City with trials and tribulations, Ups and downs, tragedy And happiness, marriage, Friendship, community, etc.

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    I loved the flow of this book. The characters were complex.

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  • Janice S.

    I will read/listen to anything by this author - a wonderful listen.

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