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Alternate SideAlternate Side by Anna Quindlen

Our rating 3.5 of 5 stars

Norma’s review

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 clannish 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 was a clever title for this story and I enjoyed the double meaning that it had in regards to a tragic event that happens over a dispute about a parking space resulting in alternate viewpoints between the neighbors and also between Nora and her husband Charlie.

Would recommend if you are looking for an easy and quiet read!

This was a Traveling Sisters Read, and as always it was a pleasure reading with them!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Random House, and Anna Quindlen for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Brenda’s Sister Review

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 hits the block and adds a little noise to this quiet story. We all but one TS woke up and the tension raised in the coulee as we became to see the ripple effect of this crime.

Alternate Side is a humorous and heartwarming story with complex themes cleverly told in a quiet way around the noise of wealth and class. Anna Quindlen does a good job creating a well-developed complex main character here with Nora. We grew to love her as we followed her as she makes her way out of that dead-end path as she starts to discover things about herself, her family and her neighbors.

In the end, all but one TS were left in the barren coulee feeling quite rich from this satisfying story. We recommend!

Published March 20, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Random House, and Anna Quindlen for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.


Jennifer’s Review

3.75 quiet stars to Alternate Side, my first novel by Anna Quindlen!

Alternate Side is 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 space. Anyone who’s lived somewhere where parking is at a premium can probably relate to that.

Where this book shone was with the insights into marriage, the relatable humor, and relaying profound messages in the ordinary. Overall, I found this a quiet read, easy to pick-up and put down. I will definitely be reading more from Quindlen.

Thank you to Anna Quindlen, the most generous Random House, and Netgalley for the complimentary copy to review.


4 thoughts on “Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen #BookReview #travelingsistersread

  1. janb37 says:

    Great reviews ladies! I’m glad we read this together and most enjoyed it. Very insightful read!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you so much, Jan! I agree totally! I’m glad that we read this one together too! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Lindsay says:

    Fabulous review sisters!!!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you so much, Lindsay! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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