Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

Alternate Side

The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of violence. A provocative novel about money, class, and self-discovery, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miller’s Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life—except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem w...

Details Alternate Side

TitleAlternate Side
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Adult

Reviews Alternate Side

  • Linda
    Two people can share one umbrella, but can they survive the storm together?Manhattan is the mecca for those who weave their way onto the wide and burgeoning lap of New York City. Funny how that works out. Most who possess the placcard of New Yorker are from someplace else.Charlie and Nora Nolan have set stakes on a deadend street in this part of New York City. Most of the stately homes are from an era of long ago. Their twins, Oliver and Rachel, ...
  • Debra
    Marital Complicity and parking spaces are really the driving forces in this book. Nora and Charlie Nolan appear to have it all. They live on a dead-end street in a very stately home in New York City. On the outside they seem as though they have a good life - if only they could have that prized parking spot! Their children are older and are away at college, Nora and Charlie should be enjoying their time together - but then a violent incident occur...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Usually I become attached to this authors books rather quickly. That was not the case with this one, though the premise was interesting. A dead end street in New York, peopled by many of the same types, all overly privileged, out of touch with the little people. Most not very likable. Nora is our narrator, a mother, wife, with two grown children. She at least questions some of what she sees, actually has a brain that thinks. An incident happe...
  • Angela M
    “Miller’s Valley” was the first book I read by Anna Quindlen and I was so taken with the characters, the story, her writing in that book. I didn’t end up liking this one as much. The writing is good. I always enjoy books about NYC, and there are some important observations about marriage and how people connect. Quindlen provides food for thought in this book. The dichotomy between the lives of the wealthy people on this street and those w...
  • Liz
    This story couldn’t take place anywhere but New York City. It is almost a love story to the city. I mean, where else would snagging a parking space be such a huge event? It’s a story of first world problems and it’s the 1% of the first world. But that doesn’t make it boring. In typical fashion, Quinlen nails the static existence of a long term marriage, the highs and lows of being almost empty nesters, the quirky neighbors. Thank God she ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    3.75 quiet stars to Alternate Side, my first novel by Anna Quindlen! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.75Alternate Side was a clever title for a story about the haves and have nots and neighbors on two sides of an issue. Set on a dead end street in Manhattan, Nora Nolan, married to Charlie, narrates this story. Overflowing with characters all residing close together, it took some time to get everyone straight. The pinnacle event happens over a dispute about a parking ...
  • Theresa Alan
    3.5 stars. The first twelve percent of this novel drops so many names it’s dizzying. You learn the name of everyone in the neighborhood, including children and dogs. I was keeping notes so I could remember in case anything ever actually happened. MY GOD GET TO THE STORY. There is a lot of funny commentary about marriage and the quirks of living in New York City. It turns out that, while eventually there is an inciting incident that pits neighbo...
  • Cheri
    “You can have ManhattanI know it's for the bestI'll gather up the avenuesAnd leave them on your doorstepAnd I'll tip toe awaySo you won't have to sayYou heard me leave“You can have ManhattanThe one we used to shareThe one where we were laughingAnd drunk on just being thereHang on to the reverieCould you do that for me'Cause I'm just too sad to“You can have Manhattan'Cause I can't have you” -- Manhattan – lyrics by Sara BareillesTypical...
  • Dorie
    This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Quindlen and the premise sounded like a great read. Many of my friends really enjoyed it, I am among the few that did not. Here’s why.I love character driven novels, the problem I had with this book is that I really didn’t like or care about any of the characters. The first person narrative is told to us by Nora Nolan, a New York city dweller since she graduated from college. She and her husband,...
  • Norma
    3.5 Stars rounded up!ALTERNATE SIDE by ANNA QUINDLEN is an enjoyable, entertaining, and easy read that made me laugh, think, reflect, and ponder.ANNA QUINDLEN delivers an interesting, insightful, well-written and engaging story here set on a dead-end block in Manhattan. The story is narrated exclusively by Nora and through her perspective we really get an inside look into her thoughts. Her thoughts is what I really enjoyed the most!ALTERNATE SIDE...
  • Esil
    4+ starsOften, I’m an outlier because I don’t like books that many of my GR friends liked. This time I feel like an outlier because I really enjoyed reading Alternate Sides, when it seems to be tanking with many of my GR friends.Not much happens in Alternate Sides and the characters generally don’t evoke much sympathy. The story focuses on a group of neighbours who live on a rare dead end street in Manhattan. They own their Victorian houses...
  • Dianne
    I'm a big Anna Quindlen fan. You can always count on Quindlen for stellar writing and perceptive, insightful explorations into her characters and their life situations. That said, I was a little put off by the tone of this book at first - it came off as arch and sardonic, which I wasn't expecting. It didn't seem very "Anna Quindlen-ish."But, hey.....she came through again. I fell into the rhythm of the story and the characters and the tone began ...
  • JanB
    Nora and Charlie are wealthy, soon-to-be empty nesters who live in an exclusive, tight-knit neighborhood in NYC, where very few of the characters are likable. Although their lives are not relatable - I’m not a wealthy New Yorker living in a posh neighborhood - many of Nora’s insights were. I like the way Anna Quindlen writes in a quiet way and delivers sentences and passages without a lot of fanfare, but they make me pause and thoughtfully co...
  • Brenda
    I was lost in the clannish, quiet, rich yet barren coulee with four of my Traveling Sisters reading Alternate Side. We found a nice quiet spot at the end of the coulee hidden away from the noise of the world as we emerged ourselves in the drama of this tight-knit neighborhood in New York City. Things started off a little slow and quiet for us as we got to know the complex and interesting characters. We were getting sleepy when an unexpected crime...
  • Jennifer
    "Their marriage had become like the AA prayer: 'God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.' Or at least to move into a zone in which I so don't care anymore and scarcely notice. Nora had thought this was their problem alone until she realized that it was what had happened to almost everyone she knew who was still married, even some of those who were on their second husbands." Quindlen strikes gold again in her latest novel a...
  • ☮Karen
    This will be a difficult review, because I have loved every one of Anna Quindlen's books -- but I didn't love this one. She writes about New York life and motherhood, neither of which have much to do with me, yet I still find her stories and her storytelling flawless.However, I almost didn't finish this book because at first it was all about a parking lot on a dead end street. And a husband who was obsessed with renting a spot and proud as a peac...
  • Bam
    *3.5 stars rounded up.Alternate Sides: the theme of there being two sides to everything is examined over and over in this new book by Anna Quindlen. 'Alternate sides' could refer to something as simple as which side to park on street cleaning days. It could refer to have and have-nots, the rich and their servants. It could refer to differing personalities, different sexes, different opinions, two sides to a story. Real and fake...Alternate Side s...
    3.5 StarsNora and Charlie Nolan have been married almost 25 years. Their kids are Rachel and Oliver, twins who are away at their respective colleges. The Nolans own one of the brownstones on a dead end block in New York City. Where one of the buildings should be, there is a gap. Apparently, years ago one of the buildings had burned to the ground, but was never rebuilt. Instead, this space has been used as a parking lot for several of the building...
  • Donna
    Anna Quindlen has been a favorite author of mine for several years, so I was excited to have the chance to read and review her latest, "Alternate Side," the story of a couple who live in a well-to-do neighborhood in Manhattan.Several pages in, I became slightly disenchanted, as the story went on for what seemed like forever about a parking lot on the dead-end street where the neighbors lived. The lot does play a significant role in the book, and ...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Genre:          Literary FictionPublisher:    Random HousePub. Date:    March 2018The author, Anna Quindlen, writes something you do not often find: bestseller literary fiction.  Most books on the bestseller list are usually commercial fiction, not literary.  Both types of fiction require talent.  But the aim of commercial fiction is entertainment.  The aim of literary fiction is art.  Generally, there is a more attention to style....
  • Marjorie
    Nora Nolan has always felt a kinship with New York City and wants to live nowhere else. Her husband Charlie doesn’t feel the same way. He’s always trying to convince her to move from the city, mostly because he hasn’t found success in NYC and thinks he’ll do better elsewhere. Their twins have left home and are living at college now. The dead end street where they live is a tight knit group of friends and those not well thought of. Most ha...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own::).---Good story but didn't fully capture me. The writing is good but I didn't care for the narrator all that much *shrugs**looks at book slump* go away *turns back to review * Would I recommend? Maybe *shrugs*(Not feeling good so sorry for crappy review)
  • Bookworm
    DNF at 65%. What the heck happened in Ms. Quindlen's latest book Alternate Side??? Seriously, I'm dumbfounded and disappointed. Where's the plot??? I can't believe this is the same author who wrote Black and Blue, One True Thing and Every Last One, which are all books I quite enjoyed. Alternate Side is certainly a character driven narrative and we get to know the characters quite well....but man are there ever a lot of them! It took me a third of...
  • Staci
    I could finish this book. I got halfway through it and just could not engage in this story. There is an incident in an upper class New York City neighborhood which causes discord between the residence. The incident didn't take place until about a third of the way through the book but I was patient. I read all the character backstories, marriage histories, and musings about the city and its out of control real estate prices, all the while waiting ...
  • Karen
    I think I am in the minority here as a number of my friends gave this book 4+ stars. In reading their reviews, I get what they are saying but I just did not enjoy it as they did. It was too ordinary for too long. I tired of reading about the parking situation, wasn’t enthusiastic about the characters and too many diversions. I did enjoy some of the New York’isms as my husband and I spent a lot of time there visiting my in-laws over the years ...
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    Anna Quindlen is certainly the best writer in the family drama genre - her latest novel is mostly a character study and a portrait of a marriage.I loved the setting in this book and was familiar with all the places mentioned in New York City.I wasn't that fond of most of the characters, but I feel as though I know them inside and out, and I thought about them at odd times of the day when I wasn't reading. A tragic event happened in the insular ne...
  • Lynne
    I really enjoyed this story about an affluent family that lives in New York City. Their relationships with neighbors, coworkers, and themselves are described. The tone is somewhat mundane but it was still interesting to live in their lives for a bit. Thank you NetGalley for the arc.
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    Anna Quindlen is certainly the best writer in the family drama genre - her latest novel is mostly a character study and a portrait of a marriage.I loved the setting in this book and was familiar with all the places mentioned in New York City.I wasn't that fond of most of the characters, but I feel as though I know them inside and out, and I thought about them at odd times of the day when I wasn't reading. A tragic event happened in the insular ne...