Alternate Side

Alternate Side Review

The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of violence in this provocative new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miller’s Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

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. 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.

Title:Alternate Side
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Debra

    Marital Complicity and parking spaces are really the driving forces in this book. Nora and Charlie Nolan appear to have it all. They live on a dead-end street in a very stately home in New York City. ...

  • Linda

    Two people can share one umbrella, but can they survive the storm together?Manhattan is the mecca for those who weave their way onto the wide and burgeoning lap of New York City. Funny how that works ...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Usually I become attached to this authors books rather quickly. That was not the case with this one, though the premise was interesting. A dead end street in New York, peopled by many of the same ...

  • Angela M

    “Miller’s Valley” was the first book I read by Anna Quindlen and I was so taken with the characters, the story, her writing in that book. I didn’t end up liking this one as much. The writing i...

  • Liz

    This story couldn’t take place anywhere but New York City. It is almost a love story to the city. I mean, where else would snagging a parking space be such a huge event? It’s a story of first worl...

  • Theresa Alan

    3.5 stars. The first twelve percent of this novel drops so many names it’s dizzying. You learn the name of everyone in the neighborhood, including children and dogs. I was keeping notes so I could r...

  • Cheri

    “You can have ManhattanI know it's for the bestI'll gather up the avenuesAnd leave them on your doorstepAnd I'll tip toe awaySo you won't have to sayYou heard me leave“You can have ManhattanThe o...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    3.75 quiet stars to Alternate Side, my first novel by Anna Quindlen! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.75Alternate Side was a clever title for a story about the haves and have nots and neighbors on two sides of an issue. S...

  • Dorie

    This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Quindlen and the premise sounded like a great read. Many of my friends really enjoyed it, I am among the few that did not. Here’s why.I love character ...

  • Esil

    4+ starsOften, 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 ta...