Nora Silk doesn't really fit in on Hemlock Street, where every
house looks the same. She's divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heels
and red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But as
time passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women's
apprehension evolves into admiration. The men's lust evolves into awe. The
children are drawn to her in ways they can't explain. And everyone on this
little street in 1959 Long Island seems to sense the possibilities and perils
of a different kind of future when they look at Nora Silk.
This extraordinary novel by the author of The
River King and Local Girls takes us back to a
time when the exotic both terrified and intrigued us, and despite our most
desperate attempts, our passions and secrets remained as stubbornly alive as
the weeds in our well-trimmed lawns.