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The Woman Next Door by [Omotoso, Yewande]
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"Wit, charm and playful energy... An insightful and fascinating diptych of two women, with the history of colonialism and slavery lurking in the background" (Nick Major Herald Scotland)

"Cape Town's answer to Mapp and Lucia, a war of wits and witticisms amid the bougainvillea of an impossibly smug neighborhood. Yewande Omotoso's deft writing and subtle weaving in of difficult history will leave you in love with these two stubborn old women. Delightful" (Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand)

"A finely observed account of female prejudice, redemption and that often elusive commodity - friendship" (Deidre Conroy Irish Independent)

"At once historical and contemporary, The Woman Next Door is charged with beauty, precision, nuance, and hope. Yewande Omotoso is a stunning, essential voice" (NoViolet Bulawayo)

"Hilarious" (Pool)

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A funny, sharp, delicately woven story of female friendship

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1859 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; 01 edition (5 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019CGY36E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Two unsympathetic characters and their unrelenting rivalry form the narrative. It's a light entertaining read, but I felt opportunities were missed which could have provided a more memorable insight into the post apartheid South African experience.
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Absolutely loved this book, well written and hard to out it down.
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Set in an overwhelmingly white suburb of Cape Town in post-apartheid South Africa, this often witty and nuanced study of two old ladies coming to terms with their past and with each other is both amusing and thought-provoking. Hortensia James is black. Neighbour Marion Agostino is white. Both have had successful careers. Both are recently widowed. Outwardly they seem to have a lot in common but for various reasons which soon become apparent they can’t stand each other. Then one day something happens that means they have to draw closer together and find some sort of accommodation. It’s a fairly light-weight novel, amusing and affectionate, but it doesn’t shy away completely from South Africa’s troubled past, and it’s interesting to see how old prejudices linger on. To some extent it is indeed a novel about race, but more than that it’s a story of ageing, friendship and coming to terms with regrets and wasted opportunities. It’s well written, well-paced and well-plotted and I enjoyed it very much.
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Format: Paperback
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR? EASIER SAID THAN DONE

The Woman Next Door is the latest novel from Yewande Omotoso. Just released earlier this month by Chatto & Windus, I received my copy from writing.ie in return for an honest review.

‘Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed. Both are living with questions, disappointments, secrets. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hatred and pruning both with a vim and zeal that belies the fact that they are both over eighty.

But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping softens into lively debate, and from there into memories shared. But could these sparks of connection ever transform into friendship? Or is it too late to expect these two to change?’

‘It was known that the two women shared hedge and hatred and they pruned both with a vim that belied their ages.’

This is the kind of line in a book I love. It’s on pg 12 and immediately I could feel the hatred between these two octogenarians jumping off the page. The women in question are Hortensia James and Marion Agostino.

Hortensia James, is a retired & once renowned textile designer. In the opening few chapters, we are introduced to her life and the fact her husband Peter is dying. Hortensia is a woman of few words but when she speaks she does so with scathing and hurtful remarks. Admittedly, Hortensia is not a particularly likable character but as you move through the chapters, the reasons for her bitterness toward life become clear.

Marion Agostino, is a retired & also once renowned architect.
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Format: Hardcover
an insightful story of the relationship between two professional south African ladies, one black and the other of European origin. they are obliged to face their differences when circumstances overtake them. this is a charming storywhich is beautifully written and featuring believable and likeable persona. it is a very human story and the characters are universal. how great to read a book about south Africa which is non political and non violent.
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