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The Good Neighbour (2004)

by William Kowalski

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When Francie and Colt Hart take a Sunday drive out of New York City into
the Pennsylvania countryside, they both see the house at the same time
and fall in love with it for completely different reasons. For Francie,
the house itself draws her into itself, whispering it's secrets and
tantalizing her poet's heart. She feels she's finally "come home" and
hopes to awaken her inspiration to write again. But Colt sees the
historic house as a fine feather in his cap, a "summer place" to bring
his power broker and stock trader buddies to show off. For Francie,
it's a home. For Colt, it's a trophy, just another acquisition, another
asset on his balance sheet.

They buy the house for a song and discover that it has sat empty for
over 25 years. It's sturdy and sound, but needs work and Francie hopes
that it will finally be something that she and Colt can work on
together. They've been married for 10 years and sometimes it seems they
are almost strangers.

Shortly after they move a few things in, the house begins to give up its
secrets to Francie, and the more they discover about it, the farther
apart it seems to drive them. When Francie discovers an old family
cemetery hidden on the property, it somehow brings out qualities in each
of them that come as a total surprise to the other.

This is the story, not just of this couple, but of the house itself and
its history. It's a story of finding home and finding out what the true
character of those closest to you is all about. It's a quiet little
book, with a few surprises sprinkled here and there. I enjoyed it.
Kowalski has a way with words and knows how to turn a phrase, but this
one wasn't nearly as enchanting as Eddie's Bastard (which was his first
novel) was. I'll give it a 3.5. ( )
  madamejeanie | Sep 21, 2008 |
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For Kasia, my little girl,

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Purchasing a 150-year-old house in the country for different reasons, a Manhattan couple finds their relationship tested by what they learn about the house, its history, and its previous inhabitants.

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