The Woman Next Door

  • by Yewande Omotoso
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbours. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility and pruning both with a vim and zeal that belie the fact that they are over 80.
But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. And gradually the bickering and sniping soften 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?


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Brilliant, Insightful, Lyrical!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was impeccable and I marveled at the narrator's facility with so many different accents and dialects. The storytelling was engaging and captivating. The author is clearly a keen observer of human personality and relational processes . She also offered an incisive and piercing critique of the devastatingly profound damage that racism, and in particular Apartheid, has had on the human psyche of whites and the bodies and hearts of Blacks . The fact that the author was able to do so with such insight, tenderness, candor, vulnerability, and humor, is remarkable. This is beautiful storytelling with depth and complexity both emotionally and culturally.

I've never been to South Africa, but as an African-American, I can so relate to experiencing the sting of's like walking around with thousands of paper cuts that then turn into festering wounds because there's no time to tend to the healing of one before being made to suffer another racist indignity. Racism is such a part of the fabric of this culture, as is most white people's massive denial of it and its impact. I applaud the author's capacity to write about this topic without being preachy by embedding painful truths about Apartheid in the life stories of ordinary people who represent the oppressed and the oppressing as well as their intersection.
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- Lisa


This book wasn't what I expected based on the reviews. I'm still try to figure out what was the author's intention for writing this. There was no great lessons or beautiful relationship forged. Just two grouchy women that grew to be grouchy friends. Waste of a credit
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- Thaysha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio