The Good Neighbour

The Good Neighbour

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"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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 300g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552771392
  • 9780552771399

Review quote

" 'A gripping novel... Kowalski's characters are vividly drawn and refreshingly free of cliche. An enchanting read' - Evening Standard. 'Atmospheric, emotional and beautifully eloquent, Kowalski weaves an engrossing story' - Daily Record. 'He has the knack of making you care for his characters... William Kowalski has more than a little in common with Barbara Trapido' - Guardian. 'The story is as enchanting as the house. The plot is powerful...surges forwards with tremendous pace and vigour. Kowalski's greatest skill is balancing the smart pace with the gradual intensification of tension and it's this, above all, that is compelling' - Observer"show more

About William Kowalski

William Kowalski is the author of EDDIE'S BASTARD, winner of South Africa's Exclusive Books Ama-Boeke Prize; SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF HERE; and THE ADVENTURES OF FLASH JACKSON, all published by Black Swan. Born in Ohio and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, he now lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife and daughter.show more

Back cover copy

When Colt and Francie Hart drive out of New York one weekend and come across an empty house dating back to the Civil War, they are both seized by a desire to buy it. For Colt it is a symbol of his financial success, for Francie, a frustrated poet, it promises a return to creativity. However, their lives soon become overshadowed by the tragic events that beset the Musgrove family, owners of the house 150 years before, and the Harts are drawn into violent conflict with their descendants. As events past and present conspire to destroy their relationship, Colt and Francie's love and fidelity are sorely tested. Kowalski examines the distances that can spring up between two people and those that can grow imperceptibly over years. The difference between need and love is brought sharply to the fore as the author brings us to question the very purpose of marriage, when two people, looking for a home, find themselves instead. 'The story is as enchanting as the house. Kowalski's greatest skill is balancing the smart pace with the gradual intensification of tension and it's this, above all, that is compelling' Observer 'Atmospheric, emotional and beautifully eloquent, Kowalski weaves an engrossing story' Daily Recordshow more

Review Text

"'The story is as enchanting as the house. The plot is powerful...surges forwards with tremendous pace and vigour. Kowalski's greatest skill is balancing the smart pace with the gradual intensification of tension and it's this, above all, that is compelling'"show more

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188 ratings
3.35 out of 5 stars
5 14% (26)
4 32% (60)
3 36% (67)
2 13% (25)
1 5% (10)
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