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The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door - Yewande Omotoso

The Woman Next Door


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch

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A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


A Finalist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award - A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - 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 - A Finalist for the University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing - 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?


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch


The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town--and in a community where 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?

A finalist for: International DUBLIN Literary Award - Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction - Barry Ronge Fiction Prize - Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize - University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction - One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) - One of NPR's Best Books of the Year - One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch

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