Alternate Side

Alternate Side

Anna Quindlen / May 19, 2019

Alternate Side NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Captures the angst and anxiety of modern life with astute observations about interactions between the haves and have nots and the realities of life among the long ma

  • Title: Alternate Side
  • Author: Anna Quindlen
  • ISBN: Alternate Side
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  • Page: 224
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  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Captures the angst and anxiety of modern life with astute observations about interactions between the haves and have nots, and the realities of life among the long married USA TodayA provocative novel that explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning, from the 1 New York Times bestselling author NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Captures the angst and anxiety of modern life with astute observations about interactions between the haves and have nots, and the realities of life among the long married USA TodayA provocative novel that explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning, from the 1 New York Times bestselling author of Miller s Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life except when there s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college And why not New York City was once Nora s dream destination, and her clannish dead end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness The owners watch one another s children grow up They use the same handyman They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the ultimate status symbol a spot in the block s small parking lot.Then one morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the enviable dead end block turns into a potent symbol of a divided city The fault lines begin to open on the block, at Nora s job, and especially in her marriage.Praise for Alternate Side Anna Quindlen s quietly precise evaluation of intertwined lives evinces a keen understanding of and appreciation for universal human frailties Booklist starred review Exquisitely rendered Quindlen is one of our most astute chroniclers of modern life Alternate Side has an almost documentary feel, a verisimilitude that s awfully hard to achieve The New York Times Book Review An exceptional depiction of complex characters particularly their weaknesses and uncertainties and the intricacies of close relationships Quindlen s provocative novel is a New York City drama of fractured marriages and uncomfortable class distinctions Publishers Weekly Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 304 pages Published November 13th 2018 by Random House Trade first published March 20th 2018 More Details Original Title Alternate Side ISBN 0525509879 ISBN13 9780525509875 Other Editions 16 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Alternate Side, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler Where does one leave a comment I agree that Anna Quindlen is an excellent writer, but like many who wrote, Usually I become attached to this authors books rather quickly That was not the case with this one It was difficult to accept the setting and characters Perhaps one has to be familiar with the New York scene to understand the various nuances How many others feel the same way hide spoiler 4 likeslike 10 months ago See all 8 answers Peggy Griffin I agree the book was slow and unrelatable, I have loved other Anna Q books especially Blessings and Still Life with Bread Crumbs This I agree the book was slow and unrelatable, I have loved other Anna Q books especially Blessings and Still Life with Bread Crumbs This book is hard to understand for people who have different backgrounds from the characters I have never been to New York I don t live in an expensive town I did not go to an exclusive liberal arts college The characters lacked personality I felt empty when I finished this book less flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler How why did Nora s job at the Museum of Jewelry end I felt like I missed a page or something I even leafed back through to find out what happened, but I never found it Was this just never discussed hide spoiler like 8 months ago Add your answer Pat Hartman This answer contains spoilers view spoiler I assumed she resigned because of Bebe s unethical practice of displaying fake jewelry in the museum hide spoiler flag See 2 questions about Alternate Side Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 23, 2018 Debra rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Marital Complicity and parking spaces are really the driving forces in this book Nora and Charlie Nolan appear to have it all They live on a dead end street in a very stately home in New York City On the outside they seem as though they have a good life if only they could have that prized parking spot Their children are older and are away at college, Nora and Charlie should be enjoying their time together but then a violent incident occurs and rocks their tight knit happy little communit Marital Complicity and parking spaces are really the driving forces in this book Nora and Charlie Nolan appear to have it all They live on a dead end street in a very stately home in New York City On the outside they seem as though they have a good life if only they could have that prized parking spot Their children are older and are away at college, Nora and Charlie should be enjoying their time together but then a violent incident occurs and rocks their tight knit happy little community Which side do you take What happens when your comfortably uncomfortable life begins to unravel UGH Is this book well written Yes, this book is very well written but my problem with this book is the fact that I just didn t care Yes, they had a dead end marriage just as they lived on a dead end street, but I just didn t care that much about them to care about what happens to them I do get the obsession with the parking spot I have never lived in New York City, but I live in Los Angeles and know what a pain it can be to not be able to park where you live This is a book about not only the characters but a look at the elite and the people who work for them About life in the city, daily observances on life, about a marriage, about a community, about a woman who seems ambivalent about her life and marriage Is she happy, is she unhappy, is she angry, is she resigned that this is her life I found this book to be slow I am most likely in the minority on this book but it failed to wow me I received a copy of this book from Random House and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.See of my reviews at openbookpost flag 205 likesLike see review View all 63 comments Jan 23, 2018 Diane S rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 Usually I become attached to this authors books rather quickly That was not the case with this one, though the premise was interesting A dead end street in New York, peopled by many of the same types, all overly privileged, out of touch with the little people Most not very likable Nora is our narrator, a mother, wife, with two grown children She at least questions some of what she sees, actually has a brain that thinks An incident happens on this self contained street, an incident that 3.5 Usually I become attached to this authors books rather quickly That was not the case with this one, though the premise was interesting A dead end street in New York, peopled by many of the same types, all overly privileged, out of touch with the little people Most not very likable Nora is our narrator, a mother, wife, with two grown children She at least questions some of what she sees, actually has a brain that thinks An incident happens on this self contained street, an incident that will set off a spark, pitting resident against resident Cracks will appear, widen in people, and marriages.The haves and the have nots, a common theme These people, well the men in particular really bugged me, so self centered, quite off putting It did though contain this authors wonderful insights on marriages and relationships Some of these comments made me smile, hard not to relate to them, as I m pretty sure all of us in long term marriages or relationships, will as well Quite saved the book for me as I found these observation to be spot on in some cases So even though I wanted shake some of these clueless people, once again Quindlen s writing shone through in her keen observations of marriage and life ARC from Random House flag 135 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Dec 09, 2017 Linda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5 star winners, fiction, net galley Two people can share one umbrella, but can they survive the storm together Manhattan is the mecca for those who weave their way onto the wide and burgeoning lap of New York City Funny how that works out Most who possess the placcard of New Yorker are from someplace else.Charlie and Nora Nolan have set stakes on a deadend street in this part of New York City Most of the stately homes are from an era of long ago Their twins, Oliver and Rachel, no longer reside with them and are attending colle Two people can share one umbrella, but can they survive the storm together Manhattan is the mecca for those who weave their way onto the wide and burgeoning lap of New York City Funny how that works out Most who possess the placcard of New Yorker are from someplace else.Charlie and Nora Nolan have set stakes on a deadend street in this part of New York City Most of the stately homes are from an era of long ago Their twins, Oliver and Rachel, no longer reside with them and are attending college But Homer Now Homer, a furry Australian sheepdog of thirteen years, is their ticket to the outside world of neighbor upon neighbor You can t help but engage in small talk with those who live in such close proximity while walking the little barkers several times a day.Anna Quindlen creates a ring side seat, front and center, into the lives of Charlie, Nora, and those recognizable neighbors, both kindly and obnoxious Life in the Big City is filled with trials and tribulations and surviving the onslaught of a constantly changing score card Some days you re up at bat and hit it out of the park and other days you re benched for eternity.And it all begins with a parking space down the street New Yorkers know that such a cue is like embracing the Holy Grail with both arms Rare, dear friends, rare Charlie doesn t realize that renting this spot on cracked concrete will lead to tragic circumstances.Quindlen, as only Quindlen can, sketches a Lord of the Flies situation here with neighbor against neighbor and emotions taking reign Does the loudest voice always signal immediacy of command And whose opinion carries the most weight And what do your lying eyes tell you Ah, dear readers, this is a little treasure of a read Quindlen rounds out her storyline with humorous banter laugh out loud , indepth backstories, and the painful observations of city life with the haves and the have nots who are aware and unaware of their social plights Nora Nolan s daily interactions with a homeless man in front of the museum where she works is alone worth the price of admission The mundane actions, day after day, are not so mundane after all.I received a copy of Alternate Side through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Random House and to the very talented Anna Quindlen for the opportunity flag 132 likesLike see review View all 45 comments Mar 16, 2018 Angela M rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss reviews, netgalley reviews Miller s Valley was the first book I read by Anna Quindlen and I was so taken with the characters, the story, her writing in that book I didn t end up liking this one as much The writing is good I always enjoy books about NYC, and there are some important observations about marriage and how people connect Quindlen provides food for thought in this book The dichotomy between the lives of the wealthy people on this street and those who work for them is evident on a daily basis alternate s Miller s Valley was the first book I read by Anna Quindlen and I was so taken with the characters, the story, her writing in that book I didn t end up liking this one as much The writing is good I always enjoy books about NYC, and there are some important observations about marriage and how people connect Quindlen provides food for thought in this book The dichotomy between the lives of the wealthy people on this street and those who work for them is evident on a daily basis alternate sides of the socioeconomic spectrum Nora and Charlie Nolan are the center of this story about what happens on a Manhattan Street and importantly what happened to their marriage I got the feeling that Nora and Charlie s marriage was already in trouble before he got the parking spot, before the parking lot incident and not just because of their alternate sides on that issue I get the parking spot thing, although I ve never had that issue See my digression below if you re interested The parking lot incident as it was referred to caused the neighbors to take sides and the true colors of some very unlikable characters come out The handy man is hurt, the parking lot is closed , needed repairs remained unrepaired , neighbors become enemies, marriages already in trouble get worse Life goes on children graduate from college and move on, people change jobs ,people die, people drift apart Because of the writing and the depiction of some substantial themes, I rate it three stars I just didn t find anything extraordinary here as is sometimes possible among the ordinary day to day lives of people This won t keep me from reading some of Quindlen s earlier books which are so highly rated I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group Random House through Edelweiss and NetGalley If you live in a place where you don t have a parking issue, the amount of time spent on a parking spot in this book might seem over the top I have always had access to parking be it on the street or a driveway and or garage but I can relate because I have family who live in Queens, a borough in NYC , on a narrow street where finding a place to park is nearly impossible Whenever we visit, we call when we are five minutes away We will be able to take the parking spot they have been holding for us with a car that will then be moved through a narrow shared driveway to the back of their house so the driveway is not blocked for their neighbors Sounds unreal but this the way of life they are used to They are always moving cars around I get it the obsession with a parking spot in this book I don t, though, get the violence but then I have a driveway and a two car garage flag 114 likesLike see review View all 56 comments Mar 10, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley This story couldn t take place anywhere but New York City It is almost a love story to the city I mean, where else would snagging a parking space be such a huge event It s a story of first world problems and it s the 1% of the first world But that doesn t make it boring In typical fashion, Quinlen nails the static existence of a long term marriage, the highs and lows of being almost empty nesters, the quirky neighbors Thank God she explains the title Living in the suburbs, I had no clue This story couldn t take place anywhere but New York City It is almost a love story to the city I mean, where else would snagging a parking space be such a huge event It s a story of first world problems and it s the 1% of the first world But that doesn t make it boring In typical fashion, Quinlen nails the static existence of a long term marriage, the highs and lows of being almost empty nesters, the quirky neighbors Thank God she explains the title Living in the suburbs, I had no clue Of course, the title goes on to mean so much There s a great dry humor here I mean, how true is this statement Nora had always tended to see most things in shades of gray and she had noticed that logic and marital relations often seemed at odds with each other The book is all about the writing the descriptions, the characterizations She can focus in on something and in just a sentence or two, I was nodding my head yes, yes, yes I highlight sentences that speak to me Here, I was highlighting lots of deliciously snarky conversations or thoughts Such as All the men seemed attentive at dinner parties these days because they needed hearing aids and refused to get them Of course, what starts as something fairly light takes a dark turn when an act of violence divides the neighborhood Not just the neighborhood, but the marriage This isn t a big story It s a story about the day to day People go through life thinking they re making decisions when they re really just making plans, which is not the same thing at all My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book flag 102 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Jan 16, 2018 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves literature, netgalley feedback This is the first book that I have read by Ms Quindlen and the premise sounded like a great read Many of my friends really enjoyed it, I am among the few that did not Here s why.I love character driven novels, the problem I had with this book is that I really didn t like or care about any of the characters The first person narrative is told to us by Nora Nolan, a New York city dweller since she graduated from college She and her husband, Charlie live on a dead end street of old stately Vict This is the first book that I have read by Ms Quindlen and the premise sounded like a great read Many of my friends really enjoyed it, I am among the few that did not Here s why.I love character driven novels, the problem I had with this book is that I really didn t like or care about any of the characters The first person narrative is told to us by Nora Nolan, a New York city dweller since she graduated from college She and her husband, Charlie live on a dead end street of old stately Victorian houses that have now been refurbished and are worth millions of dollars, apparently, in today s marketplace They have two children, twins, Oliver and Rachel who at the time of the story are in their senior year of college Everyone in the neighborhood has an upper class income to be able to afford living there Of all of the characters in the book I think that I liked Oliver and Rachel the best and liked their interaction with their parents.The Nolan s got to know their neighbors when the children were younger and now see them often while walking their dog They chat about their children, the weather, etc but most often about things that are going on with others on the block The beginning of the book tells us all about a vacant lot on their block that has seven parking spaces which are highly prized and sought after There is an obnoxious neighbor, George, who sees himself sort of as the mayor of this little group and often writes them little notes about what they should and should not do, regarding the parking spaces, the garbage, etc The pivotal point of the story hits at about the 30% point on my Kindle One of the neighbors, Jack, gets into a rage about not being able to get out of his parking space because their neighborhood handyman, Ricky, has blocked the way with his truck What happens after this is quite predictable, and this is all of the action that takes place in this book.Neighbors are upset, take sides for or against Jack and the cracks start to appear in all of their lives This affects our main characters, Nora and Charlie, in a variety of ways I won t go into the plot because that would be a spoiler and I ll let you discover that for yourself.Perhaps if I was a New Yorker, or at least a city dweller, I would have understood of what these characters are about I m a suburban dweller and have been for over 40 years, the city was always a great place to visit but I never wanted to live there Nora s husband Charlie had been trying to talk Nora into moving out of the city to various places, warmer climate, seaside location, etc, but Nora seems to have a love hate relationship with New York I found her tedious, self centered and just not very interesting Ms Quindlen is obviously a very skilled writer and I know she has a huge following and I m sure those people will enjoy this book It just wasn t for me and I had to force myself to finish it, hoping for a great ending that just didn t happen.I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley, thank you flag 96 likesLike see review View all 49 comments Feb 11, 2018 Theresa Alan rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 stars The first twelve percent of this novel drops so many names it s dizzying You learn the name of everyone in the neighborhood, including children and dogs I was keeping notes so I could remember in case anything ever actually happened MY GOD GET TO THE STORY There is a lot of funny commentary about marriage and the quirks of living in New York City It turns out that, while eventually there is an inciting incident that pits neighbor against neighbor, really, the real story is about 3.5 stars The first twelve percent of this novel drops so many names it s dizzying You learn the name of everyone in the neighborhood, including children and dogs I was keeping notes so I could remember in case anything ever actually happened MY GOD GET TO THE STORY There is a lot of funny commentary about marriage and the quirks of living in New York City It turns out that, while eventually there is an inciting incident that pits neighbor against neighbor, really, the real story is about being a New Yorker, race and class, and what it means to be married over the long haul.Nora and Charlie Nolan have been married for twenty five years and have a pretty damn good life living in a dead end cul de sac where everyone knows everyone Told from Nora s perspective, we get funny observations about what it means to be married to a man in his early fifties All the men seemed attentive at dinner parties these days because they needed hearing aids and refused to get them I loved Quindlen s book Black and Blue, in part because that had instant tension and this fun thing that I like to call plot She s obviously a hugely gifted writer, and while eventually I liked this story, it took perseverance Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES MARCH 20, 2018.For of my reviews, please visit flag 93 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Dec 08, 2017 Esil rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 4 starsOften, I m an outlier because I don t like books that many of my GR friends liked This time I feel like an outlier because I really enjoyed reading Alternate Sides, when it seems to be tanking with many of my GR friends.Not much happens in Alternate Sides and the characters generally don t evoke much sympathy The story focuses on a group of neighbours who live on a rare dead end street in Manhattan They own their Victorian houses, and are therefore rich based on the value of their rea 4 starsOften, I m an outlier because I don t like books that many of my GR friends liked This time I feel like an outlier because I really enjoyed reading Alternate Sides, when it seems to be tanking with many of my GR friends.Not much happens in Alternate Sides and the characters generally don t evoke much sympathy The story focuses on a group of neighbours who live on a rare dead end street in Manhattan They own their Victorian houses, and are therefore rich based on the value of their real estate alone They are gossipy, competitive, comfortable in their privilege and spend an inordinate amount of time fussing over parking It s told from the perspective of one of the neighbours, Nora, who works in a jewelry museum, is married to an unhappy financier and has twins on the cusp of graduating from fancy colleges.So what did I like about Alternate Sides I loved its meandering meditative quality I loved Nora s personality Her gently judgmental gaze on her neighbours and herself was pitch perfect Despite the rarified universe in which she lives, her emotional reactions to her husband, children and friends were very recognizable in their details and nuances At the same time, this isn t a book that takes itself too seriously There s a fair bit of humour, without lapsing into acerbic satire.What can I say I fell in step with Quindlen s writing and sensibility Although I can certainly see how the lack of story and sympathetic characters might irk some readers, this really struck me as the work of a seasoned writer really skilled at getting into her characters heads.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me access to an advance copy flag 81 likesLike see review View all 41 comments Feb 05, 2018 Cheri rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, nyc, arc, netgalley, family relationships You can have ManhattanI know it s for the bestI ll gather up the avenuesAnd leave them on your doorstepAnd I ll tip toe awaySo you won t have to sayYou heard me leave You can have ManhattanThe one we used to shareThe one where we were laughingAnd drunk on just being thereHang on to the reverieCould you do that for me Cause I m just too sad to You can have Manhattan Cause I can t have you Manhattan lyrics by Sara BareillesTypically, character driven novels draw you in, your emotions atta You can have ManhattanI know it s for the bestI ll gather up the avenuesAnd leave them on your doorstepAnd I ll tip toe awaySo you won t have to sayYou heard me leave You can have ManhattanThe one we used to shareThe one where we were laughingAnd drunk on just being thereHang on to the reverieCould you do that for me Cause I m just too sad to You can have Manhattan Cause I can t have you Manhattan lyrics by Sara BareillesTypically, character driven novels draw you in, your emotions attach easily to someone who is sympathetic, who views the world in a way which you can relate to, or agree with, or one you can understand even if you don t share it When the characters don t pull much emotion out of us, it s harder to feel attached to the story That was somewhat true for me reading this story For me, in this story, the main character felt as if it were really New York City, with Nora Nolan acting almost as the voice of the city Bemoaning the changes, the rising costs, the doing away with the old and shoving in the new, trendy shops Bemoaning a change in the vibe that is New York City I loved seeing the city through her eyes, reading her thoughts on how it had been and what it has become, and though the changes have brought things that leave her nostalgic for the New York City that she came to know when she first moved there, it really isn t as though she loves it any less, in her heart, it will always be the city as she first saw it, after she graduated from college She was young, just beginning, with stars in her eyes and dreams for her life.Nora and her husband Charlie live in a rare neighborhood on a dead end street with twins, Oliver and Rachel It s not the kind of neighborhood where just anyone can afford to live, but they aren t wealthy, at least not the kind of wealthy that has their name on businesses downtown There s a sense of it being the kind of neighborhood where neighbors know each other by name, and talk frequently, a friendliness that is surface level with the men, that carries a sense of arrogance that my xyz is better than your xyz but friendliness is of an active part of their lives with the women There s also part of this that focuses on the angst of a mother watching her children who are no longer children go through milestones of life, where she recalls how she was at that age Looking back.There are a few lovely passages, and some perceptive observations about life, choices, marriage and love which are so quietly snuck into a thought here or there, or something someone said sometime so long ago there s a wistful touch of looking back at a life lived Quiet little books, it seems, are what Quindlen does so well.Pub Date 20 Mar 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Random House flag 74 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Mar 10, 2018 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs, kindle version, traveling sister reads, 2018 reads 3.75 quiet stars to Alternate Side, my first novel by Anna Quindlen.75Alternate Side was a clever title for a story about the haves and have nots and neighbors on two sides of an issue Set on a dead end street in Manhattan, Nora Nolan, married to Charlie, narrates this story Overflowing with characters all residing close together, it took some time to get everyone straight The pinnacle event happens over a dispute about a parking space Anyone who s lived somewhere where parking is at 3.75 quiet stars to Alternate Side, my first novel by Anna Quindlen.75Alternate Side was a clever title for a story about the haves and have nots and neighbors on two sides of an issue Set on a dead end street in Manhattan, Nora Nolan, married to Charlie, narrates this story Overflowing with characters all residing close together, it took some time to get everyone straight The pinnacle event happens over a dispute about a parking space Anyone who s lived somewhere where parking is at a premium can probably relate to that Where this book shone was with the insights into marriage, the relatable humor, and relaying profound messages in the ordinary Overall, I found this a quiet read, easy to pick up and put down I will definitely be reading from Quindlen This was a Traveling Sister read, and as always, my sisters added to the experience in reading this book For Traveling Sisters reviews, check out Brenda and Norma s blog you to Anna Quindlen, the most generous Random House, and Netgalley for the complimentary copy to review flag 74 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Mar 18, 2018 Norma Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley edelweiss approved, traveling sister reads 3.5 Stars rounded up ALTERNATE SIDE by ANNA QUINDLEN is an enjoyable, entertaining, and easy read that made me laugh, think, reflect, and ponderNA QUINDLEN delivers an interesting, insightful, well written and engaging story here set on a dead end block in Manhattan The story is narrated exclusively by Nora and through her perspective we really get an inside look into her thoughts Her thoughts is what I really enjoyed the most ALTERNATE SIDE was a clever title for this story and I enjoyed t 3.5 Stars rounded up ALTERNATE SIDE by ANNA QUINDLEN is an enjoyable, entertaining, and easy read that made me laugh, think, reflect, and ponderNA QUINDLEN delivers an interesting, insightful, well written and engaging story here set on a dead end block in Manhattan The story is narrated exclusively by Nora and through her perspective we really get an inside look into her thoughts Her thoughts is what I really enjoyed the most ALTERNATE SIDE was a clever title for this story and I enjoyed the double meaning that it had in regards to a tragic event that happens over a dispute about a parking space resulting in alternate viewpoints between the neighbors and also between Nora and her husband Charlie.Would recommend if you are looking for an easy and quiet read This was a Traveling Sisters Read, and as always it was a pleasure reading with them Thank you so much to NetGalley, Random House, and Anna Quindlen for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.All of our Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on our blog flag 67 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Apr 22, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 3.5 Stars rounded up Parking spaces and marital strife are at the heart of Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen Nora and Charlie live on a dead end street in NYC Their life is consumed with work and their kids And then it happens after many years of living on their street, Charlie finally gets that coveted parking spot and he couldn t be happier For him, it is the ultimate, it means he has arrived Nora, on the other hand, can t help but find the whole thing a bit ridiculous And that my fr 3.5 Stars rounded up Parking spaces and marital strife are at the heart of Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen Nora and Charlie live on a dead end street in NYC Their life is consumed with work and their kids And then it happens after many years of living on their street, Charlie finally gets that coveted parking spot and he couldn t be happier For him, it is the ultimate, it means he has arrived Nora, on the other hand, can t help but find the whole thing a bit ridiculous And that my friends, is marriage Thereafter, a horrific accident happens in the parking lot where Charlie has that coveted space and then everything goes awry Anna Quindlen is an expert at writing about people, relationships and what makes them tick and doing so quite eloquently Alternate Side is no different Lives are looked at under a microscope and marriages are dissected It s as real as life can get If you ve ever been married, then this is a book you can relate to While I enjoyed the novel and love Ms Quindlen s writing style, I found it to be lacking something Perhaps it was the characters, none of whom I thought were that likable, or perhaps it was just that it reminded me too much of everyday married life That said, there were several humorous passages, at which I couldn t help but smile, thus if you like Anna Quindlen or are looking for a novel about familial relationships, this one might be for you Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group Random House, and Anna Quindlen for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on NetGalley and on 4.21.18 flag 61 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Mar 15, 2018 Marialyce rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley, traveling sisters 2.5 very disappointing starsThis was the first book that I have read by this author and unfortunately it seems to have been a poor choice for me I found this book both dull and rambling and even though I am a former New Yorker, I thought the descriptions of the neighbors to be off I did appreciate what this author was trying to do, but overall for me it fell quite flat I could not for the life of me get invested into the characters Ms Quindlen presented I know this author has a wonderful rep 2.5 very disappointing starsThis was the first book that I have read by this author and unfortunately it seems to have been a poor choice for me I found this book both dull and rambling and even though I am a former New Yorker, I thought the descriptions of the neighbors to be off I did appreciate what this author was trying to do, but overall for me it fell quite flat I could not for the life of me get invested into the characters Ms Quindlen presented I know this author has a wonderful reputation and I do intend to read other of her books The book seemed to focus on the haves and the have nots and most of the characters seems superfluous The theme of a parking lot incident causing such upheaval in a neighborhood seemed a bit off at least to this reader So, sorry to say this book for just not for me However, reading this book with my sisters turned what could have been a DNF book into one where I could see the things that I had obviously missed I am always appreciative of my sisters insights, discussions, and the chance to present my opinion without any fear of criticism However, thank you to the author, the publisher, and netgalley for making a copy of this book available to me flag 50 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Mar 14, 2018 JanB rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Nora and Charlie are wealthy, soon to be empty nesters who live in an exclusive, tight knit neighborhood in NYC, where very few of the characters are likable Although their lives are not relatable I m not a wealthy New Yorker living in a posh neighborhood many of Nora s insights were I like the way Anna Quindlen writes in a quiet way and delivers sentences and passages without a lot of fanfare, but they make me pause and thoughtfully consider them There s not a lot of action, as the narra Nora and Charlie are wealthy, soon to be empty nesters who live in an exclusive, tight knit neighborhood in NYC, where very few of the characters are likable Although their lives are not relatable I m not a wealthy New Yorker living in a posh neighborhood many of Nora s insights were I like the way Anna Quindlen writes in a quiet way and delivers sentences and passages without a lot of fanfare, but they make me pause and thoughtfully consider them There s not a lot of action, as the narrative is told exclusively from Nora s perspective, and we are privy to her thoughts only Many of those thoughts had me nodding my head in agreement, chuckling, and highlighting passages The story evolves slowly which requires some patience on the reader s part An act of violence takes place in the neighborhood which pits neighbor against neighbor, and the tensions and true feelings about one another are brought to the surface The title has a double meaning in NYC there is a parking regulation which dictates the times and which side of the street cars can be parked on any given day to allow for street cleaners and to promote efficient traffic flow But the title also means the two sides in a neighborhood dispute, the tensions in society between the haves and the have nots, and the alternate viewpoints when two people in a marriage want different things.The book ended on a somewhat melancholy yet hopeful note I love Anna Quindlen s writing and this book is no exception It made me think There s not a lot of action but there was a lot going on under the surface I see it as allegorical for what is happening in people s lives, neighborhoods, and the country This book will publish on March 20,2018 Many thanks to Netgalley, Anna Quindlen, and Random House for providing me a copy of the book for review I enjoyed discussing this with the traveling sister group flag 46 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Mar 14, 2018 Dianne rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves best of 2018, arcs and first reads I m a big Anna Quindlen fan You can always count on Quindlen for stellar writing and perceptive, insightful explorations into her characters and their life situations That said, I was a little put off by the tone of this book at first it came off as arch and sardonic, which I wasn t expecting It didn t seem very Anna Quindlen ish But, hey.e came through again I fell into the rhythm of the story and the characters and the tone began to make sense The story centers around a middle a I m a big Anna Quindlen fan You can always count on Quindlen for stellar writing and perceptive, insightful explorations into her characters and their life situations That said, I was a little put off by the tone of this book at first it came off as arch and sardonic, which I wasn t expecting It didn t seem very Anna Quindlen ish But, hey.e came through again I fell into the rhythm of the story and the characters and the tone began to make sense The story centers around a middle aged married couple, Nora and Charlie, who live in one of a tony cluster of townhouses in New York City They have known their neighbors on this dead end block for years the community is very insular and exclusive, with annual summer neighborhood BBQs and Christmas parties Nora and Charlie are about to become empty nesters as their twin son and daughter are in their final semesters of college.Nora loves NYC and can t conceive of a life elsewhere Charlie feels beaten down by life in NYC and wants to move south where he can get out of the hustle and bustle and play some golf In the midst of their mid life angst, a disturbing incident in their clannish neighborhood shakes up their lives and deepens the fault lines in their relationship.Quindlen s observations on marriage, relationships and NYC are sharp eyed and astute I wish I could quote some of her narrative, but I cannot since I would be quoting from an ARC, which is not allowed.I recommend this family drama to fans of Quindlen, readers who enjoy character driven stories and unlikeable protagonists, and fans of NYC If you don t feel it at first, give Quindlen some time her story and characters take time to mature and grow on you I really enjoyed this.Sincere thanks to Giveaways and Penguin Random House for an ARC of this novel flag 51 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Mar 19, 2018 Brenda Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition I was lost in the clannish, quiet, rich yet barren coulee with four of my Traveling Sisters reading Alternate Side We found a nice quiet spot at the end of the coulee hidden away from the noise of the world as we emerged ourselves in the drama of this tight knit neighborhood in New York City Things started off a little slow and quiet for us as we got to know the complex and interesting characters We were getting sleepy when an unexpected crime hits the block and adds a little noise to this qu I was lost in the clannish, quiet, rich yet barren coulee with four of my Traveling Sisters reading Alternate Side We found a nice quiet spot at the end of the coulee hidden away from the noise of the world as we emerged ourselves in the drama of this tight knit neighborhood in New York City Things started off a little slow and quiet for us as we got to know the complex and interesting characters We were getting sleepy when an unexpected crime hits the block and adds a little noise to this quiet story We all but one TS woke up and the tension raised in the coulee as we became to see the ripple effect of this crime Alternate Side is a humorous and heartwarming story with complex themes cleverly told in a quiet way around the noise of wealth and class Anna Quindlen does a good job creating a well developed complex main character here with Nora We grew to love her as we followed her as she makes her way out of that dead end path as she starts to discover things about herself, her family and her neighbors In the end, all but one TS were left in the barren coulee feeling quite rich from this satisfying story We recommend Published March 20, 2018Thank you so much to NetGalley, Random House, and Anna Quindlen for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.All of our Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on our sister blog flag 44 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Feb 11, 2018 TUDOR QUEEN rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 StarsNora and Charlie Nolan have been married almost 25 years Their kids are Rachel and Oliver, twins who are away at their respective colleges The Nolans own one of the brownstones on a dead end block in New York City Where one of the buildings should be, there is a gap Apparently, years ago one of the buildings had burned to the ground, but was never rebuilt Instead, this space has been used as a parking lot for several of the buildings inhabitants There s only 6 available parking s 3.5 StarsNora and Charlie Nolan have been married almost 25 years Their kids are Rachel and Oliver, twins who are away at their respective colleges The Nolans own one of the brownstones on a dead end block in New York City Where one of the buildings should be, there is a gap Apparently, years ago one of the buildings had burned to the ground, but was never rebuilt Instead, this space has been used as a parking lot for several of the buildings inhabitants There s only 6 available parking spaces, and to score one of them is no mean feat As the book begins, Charlie is elated that he has finally been offered this exclusive perk Nora simply is a New Yorker down to her bones She can t fathom not living in The City, and refuses to even consider it Husband Charlie, however, is constantly trying to lure Nora into selling the brownstone and moving out of New York City Even though their property would most likely sell for much than they paid for it originally, Nora doesn t want to know She loves everything about the city, warts and allexcept for the rats In fact, Nora walks a long way to work each morning, forgoing taxis or subway trains, enduring all kinds of weather She also runs on a regular basis Charlie works in finance but feels like he s been unjustly passed over for promotions Nora works as the manager of a unique jewelry museum They have a nanny housekeeper named Charity who worked in their household since the twins were born Everyone on the block has money, although most of it is in their houses.The stress of the parking issue in NYC is a major factor in this story Scoring the parking space in the adjacent lot was supposed to be a thing of joy, but a pivotal event takes place there that has a negative rippling effect on the block s inhabitants I normally love books that take place in NYC, but this one just fell a bit flat for me Perhaps I didn t feel a connection or liking to any particular character The writing style was of good quality, so perhaps this story will reach others in a way that I couldn t appreciate Thank you to Random House who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley flag 36 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Mar 02, 2018 Karen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 5000 books, read in 2018 This will be a difficult review, because I have loved every one of Anna Quindlen s books but I didn t love this one She writes about New York life and motherhood, neither of which have much to do with me, yet I still find her stories and her storytelling flawless.However, I almost didn t finish this book because at first it was all about a parking lot on a dead end street And a husband who was obsessed with renting a spot and proud as a peacock when his wish was granted While I was struggl This will be a difficult review, because I have loved every one of Anna Quindlen s books but I didn t love this one She writes about New York life and motherhood, neither of which have much to do with me, yet I still find her stories and her storytelling flawless.However, I almost didn t finish this book because at first it was all about a parking lot on a dead end street And a husband who was obsessed with renting a spot and proud as a peacock when his wish was granted While I was struggling to maintain interest, a LOT of neighbors in this upper middle class community were introduced, but most of their names escaped me as I was only half paying attention.I did stick with it and was glad to finally know about the characters and less about the parking lot, but I couldn t help wishing I d chosen an alternate book to read There was a sorry incident in the parking lot there we are again that pretty much changed everything and everyone in some sad ways, but that wasn t enough to make me fully invested in the outcome.An ARC from NetGalley and the publisher flag 32 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Feb 19, 2018 Martie Nees Record rated it really liked it review of another edition Genre Literary FictionPublisher Random HousePub Date March 2018The author, Anna Quindlen, writes something you do not often find bestseller literary fiction Most books on the bestseller list are usually commercial fiction, not literary Both types of fiction require talent But the aim of commercial fiction is entertainment The aim of literary fiction is art Generally, there is a attention to style Also, the plot is usually less obvious I m a big fan of liter Genre Literary FictionPublisher Random HousePub Date March 2018The author, Anna Quindlen, writes something you do not often find bestseller literary fiction Most books on the bestseller list are usually commercial fiction, not literary Both types of fiction require talent But the aim of commercial fiction is entertainment The aim of literary fiction is art Generally, there is a attention to style Also, the plot is usually less obvious I m a big fan of literary fiction In Quindlen s novel, Alternate Side referring to alternate side parking you will find a good example of such a style.She writes about the residents who live on a dead end block in New York City where all own their brownstones Each brownstone belongs to a single family If you are a New Yorker, you know that only the ultra rich can afford to own a house in Manhattan We meet a husband, wife, their college aged twins and their Australian sheepdog The story goes back and forth in time We read about when the couple met in college They move into NYC, because of its hip reputation They do not have any money so they live in closet sized rooms in cockroach infested buildings Even with the lack of space, and the pesky bugs, they fall in love with the city By the time they are in their 50s, they are overly privileged and their marriage is in trouble Next sentence is a spoiler The marriage dissolves without any major blowups, or indiscretions, but simply because they have nothing left to say to one another Plus, the husband is ready to move out of the city and the wife s love affair with the Big Apple is as strong as when they were young There ain t no good guy, there ain t no bad guy There s only you and me and we just disagree Their block is a tight knit community They are excited when a new puppy arrives on the dead end and mourn with the owner when a pet dies They have an annual summer barbecue, one with a police permit, not like those in other, less desirable, neighborhoods One resident throws an elaborate, yearly Christmas party At this time of year, all put wreaths on their door That is how you can tell if someone is renting no wreath The owners don t mingle with the renters but are welcoming when the owners return But not all are rich city snobs as it may sound Our wife knows that the block s Latino handyman s kids have colds She goes to his apartment in the Bronx to give him their unused humidifier She is disturbed to see how different he acts in his own neighborhood Before he sees her, his walk has a swagger She notices how, when not in his uniform, he dresses cool and loose, sporting a leather jacket When he does recognize her, he adjusts his posture into a meek manner and humbly addresses her as Missus They are both embarrassed and she wishes she never entered his domain As a one time social worker who did home visits, I know this class difference embarrassment The author does such a good job with this moment She isn t shy about it at all I cringed.Despite being so friendly, we learn that not all the owners are so fond of each other Still, they are loyal and keep each other s secrets At parties, a dignified older woman is usually fall down drunk No one gossips about her drinking problem When she goes away for a month or so, no one asks any embarrassing questions One self appointed resident makes himself the official rule man on the block, sending the others silly emails regarding what is and isn t acceptable They tolerate him but inside their own homes they are laughing at his made up rules There is one guy known for his explosive temper Oddly, he is married to a psychotherapist Still, no one questions why a woman who helps others for a living is not capable of helping herself and stays married to a creep.If you are familiar with alternate side parking in NYC, you know that people have been known to sleep in their car to ensure that they move their car at the set time to have a space in the morning Before the couple arrived, one of the dead end s brownstones burned down, and the owner chose not to rebuild The other residents turn the space into a small parking lot for the block only The lot is not large enough to accommodate all residents You have to earn it The author doesn t explain how one earns it, but income is implied The husband is so thrilled with getting the spot that he sends his kids a text with a picture of their car in the lot He finally hit the big time There is an act of violence that happens around this parking lot and the community begins to show their true feelings about their neighbors Stewing class and racial tensions boil over when an arrogant, rich, white lawyer resident spoiler hits the handyman in the leg with a golf club for blocking the entrance to the parking lot When the handyman is in the hospital, it becomes clear that some genuinely like the guy Others see him only as the hired help After the incident, arguments break out.This novel is a great slice of life story on a large canvas Slowly, you begin to realize that the married couple are not the real protagonists after all The story is really about the enviable dead end block, which turns into a metaphor of a divided city The author is subtle Still, you start to understand how this novel is direct in other venues She never mentions politics, but I cannot help but think that recently the United States is making global headlines for being a divided country If you are not accustomed to literary fiction, you may find the book a bit slow for your tastes For me, a few paragraphs are too detailed reading like a poem than a novel But overall, Quindlen s narrative is a remarkable character study on the complexities of neighborhood, family, and political dynamics.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at Me Alone I am Reading Reviewing Martie s Book Reviews flag 29 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Mar 25, 2018 Diane Barnes rated it really liked it review of another edition People go through life thinking they re making decisions, when they re really just making plans, which is not the same thing at all And along the way, they get a little damaged, lots of tiny cracks, holding together, but damaged still As always, I enjoy Anna Quindlen s novels because her people seem real to me, even though the settings and plots are widely different In this one, I completely identified with Nora, and entered into her world in an upscale New York City neighborhood, walking h People go through life thinking they re making decisions, when they re really just making plans, which is not the same thing at all And along the way, they get a little damaged, lots of tiny cracks, holding together, but damaged still As always, I enjoy Anna Quindlen s novels because her people seem real to me, even though the settings and plots are widely different In this one, I completely identified with Nora, and entered into her world in an upscale New York City neighborhood, walking her dog, interacting with her neighbors, worrying about her almost grown children, feeling growing frustration with her husband s unhappiness and mid life crisis, even though the circumstances of my life are much different Her female protagonists always exhibit a quality that I value highly it s called good old common sense.The plot follows the value placed on spaces in a parking lot created from an empty lot on a dead end street Stress over parking escalates until an act of violence changes the atmosphere in the community Within this story, there is the relationship of the haves and have nots, parents and children, women s friendships, neighbors, co workers, and, most of all, marriage, and the way all of these things inevitably change over the years.A final quote for my friend Wyndy, if you happen to be reading this review, from the final sentences in the book You have a blessed day ,, said the man handing out free papers on the corner You too, she said flag 31 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Mar 11, 2018 Jennifer rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 books, 5000 books 2018 Their marriage had become like the AA prayer God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Or at least to move into a zone in which I so don t care any and scarcely notice Nora had thought this was their problem alone until she realized that it was what had happened to almost everyone she knew who was still married, even some of those who were on their second husbands Quindlen strikes gold again in her latest novel about privileged empty nesters in Manhattan who fi Their marriage had become like the AA prayer God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Or at least to move into a zone in which I so don t care any and scarcely notice Nora had thought this was their problem alone until she realized that it was what had happened to almost everyone she knew who was still married, even some of those who were on their second husbands Quindlen strikes gold again in her latest novel about privileged empty nesters in Manhattan who find their lives at a crossroads after a violent event on their tony street Nora and Charlie Nolan aren t in the 1%, but they re very, very comfortable They ve been able to give their children expensive, private educations they own a gorgeous townhouse in Manhattan and they ve just received the coup d etat for any city dweller a private parking spot in the lot behind their building no alternate side parking, moving the car from one side of the street to the other hence, the name of the book But this comfort has Nora feeling a little bit too comfortable, and wrestling not only with her own feelings of wealth and privilege but also with her unease with the entitlement she sees around her especially from her husband An incident between a neighbor and a trusted handyman brings these feelings to the forefront.Quindlen is a master novelist While Alternate Side isn t a quiet novel like Miller s Valley, it is still very character driven and insightful about marriage and relationships.4.5 stars rounded up to 5.Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 26 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Mar 20, 2018 Bam rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, 2018 netgalley 3.5 stars rounded up.Alternate Sides the theme of there being two sides to everything is examined over and over in this new book by Anna Quindlen Alternate sides could refer to something as simple as which side to park on street cleaning days It could refer to have and have nots, the rich and their servants It could refer to differing personalities, different sexes, different opinions, two sides to a story Real and fakeAlternate Side seems to be, first and foremost, a love affair with 3.5 stars rounded up.Alternate Sides the theme of there being two sides to everything is examined over and over in this new book by Anna Quindlen Alternate sides could refer to something as simple as which side to park on street cleaning days It could refer to have and have nots, the rich and their servants It could refer to differing personalities, different sexes, different opinions, two sides to a story Real and fakeAlternate Side seems to be, first and foremost, a love affair with New York City at least on the part of the main character, Nora Nolan, who came to the city for college and never wants to leave, even though Charlie, her husband, would leave in a minute She, Charlie, and their college age twins Rachel and Oliver, live in an upscale neighborhood in a Victorian townhouse on a dead end street and yes, that s very symbolic Nora is happy to walk most everywhere but Charlie, along with other males on the block, MUST have their cars, and parking is a huge issue When Charlie is granted a coveted parking space in an empty lot on their block, he is ecstatic It s like winning the lottery And no one had better mess with that privilegeThis insular neighborhood, a bastion of white privilege, seems like one big happy family with its block parties and barbecues until it is torn apart by the violent act of one resident with anger management issues which puts the local handyman in the hospital Was it accidental or intentional Opinions on the issue divide neighbors and even husbands and wives, revealing cracks that might have been there all along Although I have intended to read Anna Quindlen s books for years, this is my first taste therefore, I cannot compare this book to her other work and take a side on which is her best But I found this character driven story quite intriguing and intelligent Quindlen humorously nails marriages One of my favorites It occurred often to Nora that they all tended to be much solicitous of their dogs than of their spouses, and she was not sure whether that was because their dogs loved them unconditionally, did not engage them in conversation, or simply didn t live long Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for providing me with an arc of Ms Quindlen s new book flag 25 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Feb 23, 2018 Bookworm rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves general fiction read, arcs read DNF at 65% What the heck happened in Ms Quindlen s latest book Alternate Side Seriously, I m dumbfounded and disappointed Where s the plot I can t believe this is the same author who wrote Black and Blue, One True Thing and Every Last One, which are all books I quite enjoyed Alternate Side is certainly a character driven narrative and we get to know the characters quite well.but man are there ever a lot of them It took me a third of the book to finally figure out who everyone was o DNF at 65% What the heck happened in Ms Quindlen s latest book Alternate Side Seriously, I m dumbfounded and disappointed Where s the plot I can t believe this is the same author who wrote Black and Blue, One True Thing and Every Last One, which are all books I quite enjoyed Alternate Side is certainly a character driven narrative and we get to know the characters quite well.but man are there ever a lot of them It took me a third of the book to finally figure out who everyone was only to have characters introduced I will concede that the writing is superb and ALMOST kept me invested enough to finish the book This is also the reason for my 2 stars rather than 1 Unfortunately the story didn t seem to lead anywhere I kept waiting and waiting.It took almost half the book to get to the incident and even that was a letdown Ms Quindlen s past books focus on shocking and unthinkable events Quite frankly, Alternate Side was dull and inconsequential I know this author can deliver so I m going to assume that this was just a once off miss I m definitely prepared to give her future books a try Readers that enjoy a well written character study may actually enjoy this story much than I did It mainly focuses on what it s like to live in New York and the growing pains of an established marriage Crossing fingers that her next book delivers of a plot punch A gracious thank you to Netgalley, Random House and Anna Quindlen for an advanced copy in return for an honest review flag 24 likesLike see review View all 15 comments May 13, 2018 Marie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves new york city, fiction, contemporary, family drama Their marriage had become like the AA prayer God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Or at least to move into a zone in which I so don t care any and scarcely notice Nora had thought this was their problem alone until she realized that it was what had happened to almost everyone she knew who was still married, even some of those who were on their second husbands This quiet novel has a subtle profundity do it There are so many sentences within it that are worth Their marriage had become like the AA prayer God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Or at least to move into a zone in which I so don t care any and scarcely notice Nora had thought this was their problem alone until she realized that it was what had happened to almost everyone she knew who was still married, even some of those who were on their second husbands This quiet novel has a subtle profundity do it There are so many sentences within it that are worth rereading and thinking about There are insights into life, identity, friendships, marriage, and class.The novel, which is told in the third person, is focused mostly around Nora Nolan Nora s twins are out of the house and in college now She is married to Charlie, though their marriage seems sad and lifeless Her personality is fairly passive, with life and career mostly happening to her, rather than being created by her She works for a museum which showcases jewelry donated by wealthy benefactors She has a group of close friends as well as a sister living on the west coast These women are the ones she has any meaningful conversation with, not her husband.Charlie Nolan is unhappy with his job and has never desired to live in New York, which is where they have lived the duration of their marriage He has not been doing well at work and upon arriving home at the end of the day, heads straight for the vodka He makes fun of Nora s job and is ever fantasizing about selling their house and moving south The one great pleasure for him early in this book is being given a parking spot in the make shift lot in their dead end, highly desirable neighborhood.The neighborhood in which they live plays a large role The owners of homes in which the permanent residents live are invited to annual holiday parties at the Fenstermacher s house George, who is married to a thoracic surgeon, is omnipresent, and is continually sending out notices and making himself in charge of the make shift parking lot and other mundanities of the neighborhood The nannies and housekeepers speak amongst themselves and learn gossip about what occurs in the other houses which they then share with their home owners Ricky, the handyman, is shared and highly utilized and valued amongst the neighbors.This novel seems to creep along in the beginning, a long sad tale in which little happens No one seems happy or even likable to the reader However, the neighborhood becomes shaken by an event that occurs in the parking lot, jarring relations and feelings among the neighbors and putting them on the receiving end of media attention The novel crescendos at this point and then there is the fallout.Anna Quinlen portrays the Nolans marriage as empty and mocks the institution of marriage, alluding to Ibsen s A Doll s House in the process The relationship of the well to do s and those who work for them is often portrayed as awkward and uncomfortable The dichotomy of the lives of the haves and have nots, and how intertwined their lives are, is unsettling There is plenty of insight and wisdom contained within these pages I just found that I didn t love the characters There seemed to be so little joy and so much negative emotion, that this one was hard to truly enjoy reading.Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review For discussion questions, please see flag 22 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 07, 2018 Silvanna rated it liked it review of another edition I find it hard to classify this novel Over and above I d say it is a love letter to New Yorknot sure what else to add flag 21 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 27, 2017 Staci rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves did not finish, netgalley I could finish this book I got halfway through it and just could not engage in this story There is an incident in an upper class New York City neighborhood which causes discord between the residence The incident didn t take place until about a third of the way through the book but I was patient I read all the character backstories, marriage histories, and musings about the city and its out of control real estate prices, all the while waiting for the story to begin Halfway through I still fe I could finish this book I got halfway through it and just could not engage in this story There is an incident in an upper class New York City neighborhood which causes discord between the residence The incident didn t take place until about a third of the way through the book but I was patient I read all the character backstories, marriage histories, and musings about the city and its out of control real estate prices, all the while waiting for the story to begin Halfway through I still felt as though I was waiting for things to start so I had to just set this one aside and move on too many book, too little time flag 21 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Mar 01, 2018 Donna rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves family, fiction, netgalley, not so great Anna Quindlen has been a favorite author of mine for several years, so I was excited to have the chance to read and review her latest, Alternate Side, the story of a couple who live in a well to do neighborhood in Manhattan.Several pages in, I became slightly disenchanted, as the story went on for what seemed like forever about a parking lot on the dead end street where the neighbors lived The lot does play a significant role in the book, and I m sure it was meant to also be symbolic of somet Anna Quindlen has been a favorite author of mine for several years, so I was excited to have the chance to read and review her latest, Alternate Side, the story of a couple who live in a well to do neighborhood in Manhattan.Several pages in, I became slightly disenchanted, as the story went on for what seemed like forever about a parking lot on the dead end street where the neighbors lived The lot does play a significant role in the book, and I m sure it was meant to also be symbolic of something, as well I haven t tried to figure out what, exactly.For the most part, I stayed annoyed with most of the characters, as they were primarily elitist and self centered, showing only an occasional glimpse of humanity Without giving any spoilers, I ll say that the unexpected act of violence brought out very little in the way of concern in anyone, except for a token bit from Nora, the main character Nora herself was one of my least favorite characters, and although her husband, Charlie, didn t win any points regarding the act of violence, I did find myself feeling a bit sorry for him as I think he could have been a better person if he had been married to someone else.I was also put off by the very sexist attitudes in the book, exhibited in such lines as, Charlie was an investment bankerNo one really knew what that meant except other finance guys, and they liked the fact that they spoke a secret language that others, especially women, couldn t understand And this, at a dinner party, The men would talk across the table to each other about work, and the women about their children I haven t yet decided if Ms Quindlen was poking fun at this behavior or if she was buying into it and just reporting life as she sees it I m sincerely hoping it s the former, but since I lost interest in the book early on, I won t be pursuing her intent.On the positive side, the story is very well written, and I believe there are plenty of others who will enjoy reading it, and will take it with of a grain of salt than I did I sincerely thank NetGalley and Random House for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review 3 stars flag 20 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 13, 2018 Michelle rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, net galley, 2018 color challenge I was excited to read Alternate Side as I had really enjoyed Quindlen s previous novel Miller s Valley What I have come to realize is that what Quindlen does well is incorporate the setting as a character unto itself Whereas Miller s Valley was set in a small rural town with deep roots and focused on the Have nots , Alternate Side is told from the perspective of the Haves Using this sense of place the insular neighborhood in New York City where Nora lives with her husband Charlie assumes a I was excited to read Alternate Side as I had really enjoyed Quindlen s previous novel Miller s Valley What I have come to realize is that what Quindlen does well is incorporate the setting as a character unto itself Whereas Miller s Valley was set in a small rural town with deep roots and focused on the Have nots , Alternate Side is told from the perspective of the Haves Using this sense of place the insular neighborhood in New York City where Nora lives with her husband Charlie assumes a strange Brigadoon feeling It is a place that has been hermetically sealed , essentially The land that time forgot My thoughts on Miller s Valley were that it had this warm and fuzzy feel at its core The characters, though dysfunctional, were very endearing and relatable You buy into their storylines and hope that they see their way through This wasn t so easy to do with Alternate Side In this case the characters didn t beg of me to invest in them fully as they weren t fully invested in their true identities I feel that this was in part intentional by Quindlen as Nora herself asserts that life in New York City was an inchoate search for authenticity when imitation was always dangled before you like a great prize The price that many of the characters had paid for their prosperity was amnesia They d forgotten where they d come from, how they d started out They d forgotten what the city really was, and how small a part of it they truly were flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 09, 2017 Marjorie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Nora Nolan has always felt a kinship with New York City and wants to live nowhere else Her husband Charlie doesn t feel the same way He s always trying to convince her to move from the city, mostly because he hasn t found success in NYC and thinks he ll do better elsewhere Their twins have left home and are living at college now The dead end street where they live is a tight knit group of friends and those not well thought of Most have dogs and Nora and Charlie s dog, Homer, opens up channe Nora Nolan has always felt a kinship with New York City and wants to live nowhere else Her husband Charlie doesn t feel the same way He s always trying to convince her to move from the city, mostly because he hasn t found success in NYC and thinks he ll do better elsewhere Their twins have left home and are living at college now The dead end street where they live is a tight knit group of friends and those not well thought of Most have dogs and Nora and Charlie s dog, Homer, opens up channels of communication with many of the neighbors They all mourn together when one of them loses a dog One of the neighbors, Jack, has anger issues and often that anger is directed at the area s handyman, Ricky When a dispute over parking spaces erupts into violence, none of their lives will be the same.I have read many of Anna Quindlen s books and she s a favorite author of mine I couldn t be surprised that I can only give her newest book 3 stars I ve read all of the glowing reviews but personally I struggled through this book I had so much trouble keeping the characters straight and then realized that I just didn t care for any of them and they all just blended together These are people of privilege and they have lives that others would envy And yet they aren t satisfied and constantly whine There s a line in the book that I can t find now which said something to the effect that you shouldn t whine on a luxury cruise and that s what I felt these people were doing And I just couldn t get interested in their plight at all That s not to say that there weren t parts of this book that I enjoyed I loved the dog Homer who loved every minute of his walks around the neighborhood I liked the exchanges between Nora and the homeless man I enjoyed some of the humor that Ms Quindlen includes in this book Possibly I expected something else The previous books by this author that I ve read, such as Black and Blue and One True Thing , were much darker books and elicited strong emotions for me The only scene that elicited emotion from me in this book was the one involving Homer.Sorry, Ms Quindlen, but this book isn t at the top of my favorites of yours.This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review flag 16 likesLike see review View all 6 comments May 10, 2018 Liz rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018 release, fiction contemporary The first 85 pages were all over the place Too quickly were we introduced to each of the residents of the dead end street and way too much information not organized very well for the reader I would have put this down almost immediately because it wasn t really sucking me in like I love a good book to do BUT, Alas I am a huge fan of books taking place in NYC The tidbits and references about living in New York City was the one thing that kept me reading The love affair Nora Nolan has wit The first 85 pages were all over the place Too quickly were we introduced to each of the residents of the dead end street and way too much information not organized very well for the reader I would have put this down almost immediately because it wasn t really sucking me in like I love a good book to do BUT, Alas I am a huge fan of books taking place in NYC The tidbits and references about living in New York City was the one thing that kept me reading The love affair Nora Nolan has with NYC definitely kept me from putting this one down and never picking it back up This wasn t terrible, it just wasn t for me It was a slow, quiet read 2 stars flag 16 likesLike see review View 1 comment 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    Book review Alternate Side Anna Quindlen usatoday Mar , Anna Quindlen s charged new novel Alternate Side erupts over NYC parking rage Anna Quindlen s new novel Alternate Side explores a violent incident in a close knit Manhattan neighborhood. NYC DOT Motorists Parking Alternate Side Parking Temporary Suspensions Alternate side parking regulations may be suspended temporarily in parts of the City in order to post new regulations When the Department of Sanitation must change street cleaning rules, regulations are suspended temporarily to allow DOT to update signs in the affected area These suspensions do not affect parking rules other than alternate side parking rules. Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen, Paperback Barnes Noble Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self help bestseller lists She is the author of nine novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Miller s Valley, and Alternate Side. Alternate Define Alternate at Dictionary to perform or do in succession or one after another to alternate comedy acts to alternate jogging and walking. Alternate Side Parking NYC Calendar, Map, Rules You can defeat alternate side parking in NYC Here are the rules, the calendar, the map, and everything else you need to know about how. Parking Regulations a dotvweb.nyc The Parking Regulations shown on this website are drawn from DOT s traffic sign database, STATUS, which is used by DOT in managing its inventory of over one million traffic signs in New York City. Winter Parking Sheboygan Police It is strongly suggested you sign up register with Nixle, a message alert system our agency uses, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter We will advise when a snow emergency is declared. Nasal cycle The nasal cycle is the often unnoticed alternating partial congestion and decongestion of the nasal cavities in humans and other animals It is a physiological congestion of the nasal concha, also called the nasal turbinate, due to selective activation of one half of the autonomic nervous system by the hypothalamus.It should not be confused with pathological nasal congestion. NYC DOT Downloading Calendar Files Downloading Calendar Files First, click here to download the calendar file, taking note of where it is saved on your computer Calendar or iCal Mac OS X Go to the file and double click on it If a program other than Calendar iCal opens, return to the file, select it and go to the File menu and select Open With then Calendar or iCal. Objects, Images, and Applets in HTML documents . Introduction to objects, images, and applets HTML s multimedia features allow authors to include images, applets programs that are automatically downloaded and run on the user s machine , video clips, and other HTML documents in their pages.

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        Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self help bestseller lists She is the author of eight novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller s Valley Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bests Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self help bestseller lists She is the author of eight novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller s Valley Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold than a million copies While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear


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    1. Marital Complicity and parking spaces are really the driving forces in this book Nora and Charlie Nolan appear to have it all They live on a dead end street in a very stately home in New York City On the outside they seem as though they have a good life if only they could have that prized parking spot Their children are older and are away at college, Nora and Charlie should be enjoying their time together but then a violent incident occurs and rocks their tight knit happy little communit Marital [...]


    2. 3.5 Usually I become attached to this authors books rather quickly That was not the case with this one, though the premise was interesting A dead end street in New York, peopled by many of the same types, all overly privileged, out of touch with the little people Most not very likable Nora is our narrator, a mother, wife, with two grown children She at least questions some of what she sees, actually has a brain that thinks An incident happens on this self contained street, an incident that 3.5 U [...]


    3. Two people can share one umbrella, but can they survive the storm together Manhattan is the mecca for those who weave their way onto the wide and burgeoning lap of New York City Funny how that works out Most who possess the placcard of New Yorker are from someplace else.Charlie and Nora Nolan have set stakes on a deadend street in this part of New York City Most of the stately homes are from an era of long ago Their twins, Oliver and Rachel, no longer reside with them and are attending colle Two [...]


    4. Miller s Valley was the first book I read by Anna Quindlen and I was so taken with the characters, the story, her writing in that book I didn t end up liking this one as much The writing is good I always enjoy books about NYC, and there are some important observations about marriage and how people connect Quindlen provides food for thought in this book The dichotomy between the lives of the wealthy people on this street and those who work for them is evident on a daily basis alternate s Miller s [...]


    5. This story couldn t take place anywhere but New York City It is almost a love story to the city I mean, where else would snagging a parking space be such a huge event It s a story of first world problems and it s the 1% of the first world But that doesn t make it boring In typical fashion, Quinlen nails the static existence of a long term marriage, the highs and lows of being almost empty nesters, the quirky neighbors Thank God she explains the title Living in the suburbs, I had no clue This sto [...]


    6. This is the first book that I have read by Ms Quindlen and the premise sounded like a great read Many of my friends really enjoyed it, I am among the few that did not Here s why.I love character driven novels, the problem I had with this book is that I really didn t like or care about any of the characters The first person narrative is told to us by Nora Nolan, a New York city dweller since she graduated from college She and her husband, Charlie live on a dead end street of old stately Vict This [...]


    7. 3.5 stars The first twelve percent of this novel drops so many names it s dizzying You learn the name of everyone in the neighborhood, including children and dogs I was keeping notes so I could remember in case anything ever actually happened MY GOD GET TO THE STORY There is a lot of funny commentary about marriage and the quirks of living in New York City It turns out that, while eventually there is an inciting incident that pits neighbor against neighbor, really, the real story is about 3.5 st [...]


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