The Girl Next Door

Paperback | May 11, 2010

byElizabeth Noble

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A gorgeous and unforgettable novel set in a turn-of-the-century brownstone on New York's Upper East Side.

Meet Eve Gallagher in Apartment 7A, newly moved to New York with her husband. She's lonely and lost...until she meets elderly neighbour Violet, who's concealing a story of her own. The Kramers and the Schulmans in Apartments 6A and 6B are about to find their lives intersecting in a most unfortunate manner when Jason Kramer falls head-over-heels for Rachael Schulman. Jackson Grayling III in Apartment 5A is attracting the attention of a gold-digger in 2B even though he's far more interested in Emily Milanowski in 3B. And finally, self-conscious Charlotte Murphy is crazy about the doorman but too shy to take it any further. No one is left unchanged as the secrets and desires hidden behind closed doors are finally brought into the light.

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A gorgeous and unforgettable novel set in a turn-of-the-century brownstone on New York's Upper East Side. Meet Eve Gallagher in Apartment 7A, newly moved to New York with her husband. She's lonely and lost...until she meets elderly neighbour Violet, who's concealing a story of her own. The Kramers and the Schulmans in Apartments 6A and...

ELIZABETH NOBLE lives in New York and Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Her six previous novels—The Reading Group, The Friendship Test (formerly published as The Tenko Club), Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, The Girl Next Door, and The Way We Were—were all Sunday Times bestsellers, with The Reading Gro...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8.26 × 5.26 × 1.31 inPublished:May 11, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143168835

ISBN - 13:9780143168836

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‘Green lungs’. Isn’t that what they call parks in big cities? It isn’t true in New York. In New York, Central Park – almost 850 acres of priceless real estate in one of the world’s greatest cities – is not the lungs. It’s the heart. Walk around any of the paths, away from the hullabaloo, the tourists studying maps, the omnipresent runners, the pretzel sellers, and you’ll find benches everywhere. There are more than 9,000 of them. Since 1986, the Central Park Conservancy has run a programme called Adopt-a-Bench, allowing residents of the city to dedicate one to someone they have loved, and love still. Here is where you feel, and hear, the heart of the city beating. There’s a marriage proposal on a bench by the Zoo. Statements of joy and happy memories and grateful thanks on rows of benches by playgrounds – at the Alice in Wonderland statue, facing the Carousel, along the water. Since 9/11, there are benches that can make you tear up, just reading the plaques. For young men and women, dead too soon, and those they left behind. ‘To the world you were one person. To one person you were the world.’I chose Cedar Hill for mine. It was one of your favourite places. In the winter, children toboggan there, filling the air with their laughter. In the fall, the colours are extraordinary. In the summer, it’s close to the ice-cream truck that parks on 5th, and shady. But I may like spring the best of all. Full of promise and new beginnings. Not for me, maybe, but for the people I watch.I wondered for a long, long time how to inscribe the plaque. Whitman, or Emerson? Puccini? A declaration of my own?In the end, though, I chose just your name. Everything else belonged to me, and I kept it inside, written on my heart, and not in this one.