In Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen, Nora is married to Charlie, they have two children, now in college. They live in New York City in a very tight knit white neighborhood. The kind that celebrates holidays together, that stop and talk to one another in the streets, that know each other’s children. When the man who does home maintenance in the neighborhood is attacked by one of the home owners the tight knit neighborhood begins to fall apart as well as marriages as the neighbors learn not everyone views race the same.
I enjoyed Alternate Side and not only the themes of race and immigrants but also the theme of how well we really know those we see everyday. I loved how the setting of New York City was almost a character or part of the plot. I feel the story would have a much different feel to it if it was set in another city.
The narration goes back and forth between past and present and sometimes I had a difficult time recognizing if I was reading a memory or if we were in the present.
In many ways this is a sad story but it was one I really enjoyed reading.
My copy of Alternate Side was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!