The Woman Next Door (Paperback)

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A female Odd Couple set in South Africa--How could I resist? Omotoso has a great talent for atmosphere and the women of this novel are some of the most flawed, nuanced and human characters I have ever read.

— From Devon D. Staff Picks

"Omotoso has a great talent for atmosphere and the women of this novel are some of the most flawed, interesting, and human characters I have ever read." - Devon, Book Culture Selects letter, Around the World, September 2017

— From Book Culture Selects September Picks


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - 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 - 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?

About the Author

YEWANDE OMOTOSO was born in Barbados and grew up in Nigeria, moving to South Africa with her family in 1992. She is the author of Bom Boy, published in South Africa in 2011. In 2012, she won the South African Literary Award for First-Time Published Author and was shortlisted for the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize. In 2013, she was a finalist in the inaugural pan-African Etisalat Fiction Prize. She lives in Johannesburg, where she writes and has her own architectural practice.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250124579
ISBN-10: 1250124573
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English