This is a novel, deftly exploring modern concepts of success, masculinity, ambition and sexuality. Jay Quinn, author of "Back Where He Started", directs his ever-sharpening eye over the enormous cultural shifts playing across the hedges in American society to two families in a manicured, upscale suburban south-Florida neighbourhood. David Harden is demoted when the dot-com bubble bursts, leaving him earning less than his wife Meg, who recently made partner in her law firm. He spends much of his time shuttling his two sons between school and soccer practice. Rory Fallon, whose partner Will has his career on the fast track, feels increasingly stranded and isolated in their elegant and echoing home. Living next-door to each other, the two couples form a close friendship, particularly David and Rory, who share a growing sense of dislocation and the sense that their lives have gone off track and they aren't sure how or why. "The Good Neighbor" explores concepts of success, masculinity, ambition and sexuality in a way that shines a new light on how society is defined by them.
As the relationships among the four adults evolve and take on surprisingly complex emotional and sexual overtones, the placid suburban facade cracks open to reveal something far more primal and urgent.