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Publisher, Date:
New York, NY : Dafina Books : Kensington Books, [2019]
Description:
326 pages ; 24 cm.
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LCCN:
2018912548
ISBN:
9781496716149 (hardcover)
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1
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0
Control Number:
206637
Call Number:
AFR Mon
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Author Notes
Mary Monroe is the third child of Alabama sharecroppers, and the first and only member of her family to finish high school. Mary never attended college or any writing classes. <p> Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985 and was widely reviewed throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. She is a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for her novel God Don't Like Ugly. She has just finished the fourth book in this series, God Ain't through Yet. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Characters
Joyce Watson (Female), African American, Married,
Odell Watson (Male), African American, Married,
Milton Hamilton (Male), Bootlegger, African American, Married,
Yvonne Hamilton (Female), African American, Married,
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Historical
Saga
Topics
Family
African Americans
Wealthy lifestyles
Neighbors
Secrets
Blackmail
Revenge
Setting
Alabama - South (U.S.)
Time Period
-- 20th century
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  Booklist Review

Monroe continues the Neighbors series set in 1930s Alabama, which began with One House Over (2018). This tale is told from the point of view of the couple running a speakeasy in the house next door to that of Joyce and Odell. Yvonne and Milton can't keep on top of their debts even with both of them working at a restaurant and with the crowd who stops by to consume their bootlegged alcohol. Milton has a gambling problem that his wife doesn't know about, plus he's blackmailing Odell, who has a secret second family. Yvonne is jealous of Joyce and Odell, who annoy her with their put-downs even as they enjoy free drinks. When she learns about Odell's other family, she also puts the squeeze on him, fed up with his hypocrisy. For all their criminal activities, Yvonne and Milton are sympathetic, dimensional characters. Monroe brings the Deep South Prohibition-era world to life in a captivating tale of greed and consequences and primes readers to find out what happens among these complicated neighbors in the next book.--Amy Alessio Copyright 2019 Booklist
Summary
In this page-turning novel set in the Depression-era South, New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe transports readers to a small Alabama town where home is not always a sanctuary, and two neighboring families let pleasantries mask increasing resentment. . . <br> <br> Bootlegging was Milton and Yvonne Hamilton's ticket out of poverty, prison time, and plain bad luck. Now they've moved on--to a bigger, richer pool of clientele--right in their own respectable new middle-class backyard. And their growing friendship with seemingly-perfect couple Joyce and Odell Watson is proving golden in more ways than one . . .<br> <br> As Milton soon learns, Odell is hiding an outside family and dubious business dealings. It's the perfect recipe for a blackmail scheme that will help Milton hide his own dirty <br> secrets--even from Yvonne. Better yet, he can take ever more dangerous risks to ace out his <br> liquor-smuggling rivals--and add a lucrative temptation to his illicit services. And Yvonne, emboldened by her husband's new gravy train, delights in tormenting Joyce about everything the snobbish matron doesn't have--especially children. <br> <br> But even a winning hand can be played too far. Pushed past their limits, Odell and Joyce will play on Milton's careless boasting--to get him and Yvonne out of their lives for good. And soon, a devastating frame-up will plunge one couple into a living nightmare--and set the stage for explosive retribution . . .
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