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The Good Neighbour (Paperback): William Kowalski

The Good Neighbour (Paperback)

William Kowalski

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Colt and Francie Hart are a poorly matched couple. He works as a stockbroker, only preoccupied by climbing to the top of his firm's hierarchy and offering the image of success and respect to the outside world. She is a romantic soul, a failed poet, addicted to feeling-good pills. Ten years into their marriage, they fall in love with a 150-year-old country house in Pennsylvania, which once belonged to the Musgrove family, whose sole descendant happens to live next-door. Soon Francie and Colt fall out over his refusal to become a father and his insensitive removal of the family's cemetery from their garden. Colt's relationship with his wife and neighbour deteriorates to the point that he has to reconsider his life priorities. It is an engaging tale of skeletons literally coming out of the earth and family secrets being undusted. Kowalski unfolds the Musgoves' past as he subtly follows his contemporary characters' evolution, to create a moving tale of self-discovery. (Kirkus UK)
The Good Neighbour effortlessly weaves together the tragic stories of two families, hauntingly linked by whispers across the centuries. When Colt and Francie Hart stumble upon an empty, 150-year-old house during a weekend drive in the country, each of them falls in love and wants to buy it - for entirely different reasons. For Colt, the house will become a trophy to his enormous success at trading stocks. For Francie, a blocked poet, the house seems to offer a chance for her to reawaken her creativity. Yet the more the Harts learn about the house, its history and its previous inhabitants, the more it drives them apart. When they meet their new neighbour, a descendant of the house's original owners, they inadvertently start a war over Colt's plan to move the family cemetery off their property. Colt returns to the city, leaving Francie to deal with the angry neighbour, but the consequences of his actions follow him there - while at the same time old secrets of his own resurface, forcing him to confront his family -- and himself. Events that conspire to destroy their marriage could just as easily bring them together again, in this story of two people who, in looking for a place to call home, find themselves instead.


Imprint: Doubleday
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 2005
Authors: William Kowalski
Format: Paperback
Pages: 279
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-60557-1
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-385-60557-9
Barcode: 9780385605571

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