Hortensia and Marion neighbor in animosity in Capetown,South Africa. Both women have had successful careers in design and architecture and are now old. However sharp her tongue and intolerant of Marion's "stupidity", Hortensia unexpectedly needs Marion to skirt the issue of having a strange caregiver in her home. The women find common ground in recent widowhood and revelation of their husbands' secrets. The real surprise for each of them becomes friendship and understanding!— From Jane
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - A Finalist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - A Finalist for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - Longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of The Millions' and Refinery 29's Best Books of the Year (So Far), from One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch
Loving thy neighbor is easier said than done.
Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires.
Sworn enemies, the two share a hedge and a deliberate hostility, which they maintain with a zeal that belies their age. But, one day, an unexpected event forces Hortensia and Marion together. As the physical barriers between them collapse, their bickering gradually softens into conversation and, gradually, the two discover common ground. But are these sparks of connection enough to ignite a friendship, or is it too late to expect these women to change?