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

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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
    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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    3.75 quiet stars to Alternate Side, my first novel by Anna Quindlen! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.75Review to come! 3.75 quiet stars to Alternate Side, my first novel by Anna Quindlen! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.75Review to come!
  • 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....
  • 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)
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • J.T.
    Quindlen's writing continues to be comfortingly beautiful.
  • Donna Hines
    The normal hustle and bustle of charmed NYC may never be the same after this group enters the scene.With a well packed deliverance Anna Quindlen introduces us to a tight knit neighborhood which takes on a whole new tone when an accident brings out the best and possibly the worst out of one another.Nora Nolan has twins with Charlie and is trying to live the perfect life in the perfect location. Yet Jack Fish and his wife Sherry add that extra spic...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Years ago Calvin Trillin wrote Tepper Is Not Going Out, a book he called the world's first novel about parking. In that book Tepper parks in front of Russ & Daughters and reads his paper until he gets the full time on his meter. When I saw him all those years ago, he said he wrote it to illustrate the continuing frustration that New Yorkers have with parking in their city and their methods for complying with the City's parking rules. Anna Quindla...
  • Elizabeth
    I received an uncorrected proof from NetGalley to read. At first, I didn’t know what to make of this novel. It is the story of Nora and Charlie, a married couple who live on a dead end street in Manhattan. But it’s also the story of the other residents of the street, a horrible tragedy and the aftermath. Every time I tried to define this book as “the story of...”,Quindlen surprised me with a plot twist or a development I did not predict. ...
  • Susan Johnson
    Nora and Charlie have been married almost twenty five years with college aged twins living on a dead end street in Manhattan. They live a very comfortable life style with a housekeeper in a house in a cozy neighborhood. Being on a dead end street really bonds the neighbors and there are b-b-q's, Christmas parties, shared handymen and a parking lot that everybody fights for a spot in. They have a nice life. But they are growing apart. Charlie want...
  • Kathleen
    DNF at 120 pgs. I was interested in this book for two reasons: (1) I'm pushing myself to get out of a psychological thriller rut and (2) I have never read this author and have heard high praise. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to the book for me to try new things. It's very much a character driven story, which I don't mind at all and these characters are incredibly well drawn, but the story hinges around an 'incident' which barely started to get ...
  • 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...
  • Lorilin
    Nora and Charlie Nolan live a peaceful life on a quiet cul-de-sac in New York. Their children are off in college, and though Nora and Charlie both work, they also spend a good amount of downtime at home, just walking their dog or chatting with neighbors. Life is pretty chill, until one of the residents on the block gets angry trying to exit a nearby parking lot and somehow ends up using a golf club to smash in the leg of the beloved local handyma...
  • Natalie
    I know this book won't be available until sometime in 2018, but I already know it will be one of my favorite books of the year. I live in Manhattan and the very term, ALTERNATE SIDE, fills me with angst and despair. Quindlen uses the parking situation as a metaphor for changing not only parking spaces, but actual lives.Nora Nolan and her husband Charlie live in a unique cul de sac on New York's Upper Westside and the issues over a small vacant lo...
  • Neanderthal
    Nora Nolan, a museum director, invites us on to her block on the west side of Manhattan (where houses in the neighborhood now sell for ten million dollars) and into her townhouse where she lives with her husband, Charlie an investment banker and, occasionally, with her twin college=age children. The block seems like a village where all the residents know each other, their families and pets. A renter once even compared it to a cult. Norah's life i...