INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * One of NPR's Best Books of 2020
"A provocative, absorbing read." â€” People
â€śA feast of a read... I finished A Good Neighborhood in a single sitting. Yes, itâ€™s that good.â€ť â€”Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light
In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son, Xavier, whoâ€™s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmansâ€”a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughterâ€”raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.
With little in common except a property line, these two families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.
A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America todayâ€”what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye?â€”as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story thatâ€™s as provocative as it is powerful.