In an idyllic Massachusetts suburb, four young families – two Jewish, two Catholic– form a neighborhood clique, their friendships based on little more than the ages of their children and a shared sense of camaraderie. When one of the members of the group, Paige and Gene Edwards, adopt a little girl from Russia, the group’s loyalty and morality is soon called into question. Are the Edwards unkind or even abusive to their new daughter? Or is she a difficult child with hidden destructive tendencies?The novel is told in the first person by neighbor Nicole Westerhof, a Jewish woman who must grapple with one of the most central tenets of Jewish life, the duty to save lives. As Nicole finds herself drawn further into the life of the adopted girl, she is forced to re-examine the deceptive nature of her own family ties, and her complicity in the events unfolding around her. Good Neighbors asks readers to wrestle with their own ideas about community and family – and to question what they would do if they were in a similar situation.
- From the Publisher
April 6, 2018
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