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Joanne Serling’s debut novel, GOOD NEIGHBORS, was published by Twelve/Grand Central publishing in February 2018. She is a graduate of Cornell University and studied and taught fiction at The Writers Studio in New York City. Prior to embarking on a fiction career, she worked in women’s magazines, high tech public relations, and as Director of Public Affairs for American Express. She lives outside of New York City with her husband and children and is at work on her second book.

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Good Neighbors

3.19 avg rating — 843 ratings — published 2018 — 9 editions
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Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman
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Delightful! I loved the characters and the story kept zipping along. Hard to believe it’s a debut because it’s so accomplished.
Good Neighbors by Joanne Serling
"Good Neighbors closely resembles The Girl On the Train in my opinion. I really liked this book and the turn at the end was SO UNEXPECTED. "
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The Arsonists' City by Hala Alyan
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This book is compelling, deep, and wise. I started it on a Thursday afternoon and could not stop until I was done two days later. Now, two weeks later, I continue to think about the characters--particularly the mother who to me is the heart of this b ...more
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The Happiest Girl in the World by Alena Dillon
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What a delight! I have often wondered how someone like Larry Nasser got away with such egregious abuse and Dillon's excellent and well researched story helped me understand why parents denied the abuse and athletes were afraid to come forward. Despit ...more
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The Happiest Girl in the World by Alena Dillon
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What a delight! I have often wondered how someone like Larry Nasser got away with such egregious abuse and Dillon's excellent and well researched story helped me understand why parents denied the abuse and athletes were afraid to come forward. Despit ...more
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Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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This insightful novel takes you on a rollicking ride through one couple's divorce, told mainly from the man's point of view. Among its many themes, the novel explores dating in the age of Tinder, the claustrophobia of motherhood, and why men still co ...more
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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
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One of the truly great reading pleasures of my adult life! This book is not for everyone: it's a highly unusual story and the author's sense of humor is definitely out there, but I found myself laughing out loud every other page for the entire first ...more
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This is by far my favorite Susan Choi book, even more entertaining than her wonderful award-winning novel Trust Exercise. All I can say is, "Oh to be young and in lust!" The novel explores youth, sex, love, academia, and friendship with rare aplomb a ...more
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Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
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This memoir is gripping if also highly disturbing. For anyone who enjoys reading about highly dysfunctional families, this one certainly rates. I found the author's financial privilege a bit off-putting, mainly because she never acknowledges it in an ...more
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Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
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This memoir is gripping if also highly disturbing. For anyone who enjoys reading about highly dysfunctional families, this one certainly rates. I found the author's financial privilege a bit off-putting, mainly because she never acknowledges it in an ...more
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“WINTER DRIZZLED OUT THE way it always did, with fits of warmth followed by long stretches of numbing and miserable cold. The weather always about to deliver a new season, then failing in its promise.”
Joanne Serling, Good Neighbors




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