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The Woman Next Door #2020

The Woman Next Door Over the years the residents of Emerald Street have become than just neighbours they have built lasting friendships over a drink and chat on their back verandahs Now a new chapter begins with the ch

  • Title: The Woman Next Door
  • Author: Liz Byrski
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Woman Next Door By Liz Byrski, Over the years, the residents of Emerald Street have become than just neighbours, they have built lasting friendships over a drink and chat on their back verandahs Now a new chapter begins with the children having left home Helen and Dennis have moved from their high maintenance family property to an apartment by the river with all the mod cons For Joyce and MacOver the years, the residents of Emerald Street have become than just neighbours, they have built lasting friendships over a drink and chat on their back verandahs.Now a new chapter begins with the children having left home Helen and Dennis have moved from their high maintenance family property to an apartment by the river with all the mod cons For Joyce and Mac, the empty nest has Joyce craving a new challenge, while Mac fancies retirement on the south coast.Meanwhile, Polly embarks on a surprising long distance relationship But she worries about her friend next door Stella s erratic behaviour is starting to resemble something much serious than endearing eccentricityWith her trademark warmth and wisdom, Liz Byrski involves us in the lives and loves of Emerald Street, and reminds us what it is to be truly neighbourly.

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    1. Emerald Street in Fremantle, Western Australia housed people who started off as neighbours but had found lasting friendships With Joyce and Mac, Helen and Dennis, Stella, and of course Polly, the friendships were deep and abiding When Helen and Dennis sold their home in Emerald Street, moving to an apartment further away, things began to shift in the relationships Stella had been an actress in the soaps nearing eighty she was starting to become forgetful which was worrying her friends Mac and Jo [...]

    2. Four and a half starsEmerald Street Fremantle, Western Australia has been home to a group of people who become than just neighbours They are friends and have been for years until things change First Helen and Dennis move away to an apartment The friendship with Joyce and Mac has never been the same since then But when Joyce and Mac announce their plans to live apart for a time while each pursues their own dreams, the friendship between Joyce and Helen hits than just a road block Meanwhile anot [...]

    3. The Woman Next Door is the ninth novel by British born Australian author, Liz Byrski It has been many years since the women who call Emerald Street in South Fremantle home became friends as well as neighbours While Joyce, Stella and Polly all still live next door to each other, Helen has moved away, but stays in regular contact with her erstwhile neighbours Joyce and Mac are empty nesters, their adult children living across the country and across the globe, with their own families and careers St [...]

    4. This is the second book by Liz Byrski I ve read The first, In the Company of Strangers, introduced me to two women who share a history as child migrants from the UK who settled in Western Australia Friends in Western Australia may be a niche Byrski has carved for herself, because The Woman Next Door also follows this pattern This time the focus is on Emerald Street and the neighbours, Joyce, Helen, Polly and Stella, who have been in and out of each other s houses over a lifetime, from raising th [...]

    5. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I do most of Liz Byrski s This one speaks to those of us of a certain age though I d be reluctant to categorise the characters as old as she does This is a novel about ageing the anxieties, the contrast to an earlier professional life, the way forward to creating a new life, and dealing with the competing demands of the elderly above us and the younger generations behind Leo, one of the key characters, deal with this simply by being narcissistically self obsess [...]

    6. 4.5 I do really enjoy Liz Byrski s writing The main subject matter of this book was not an easy one watching a loved one decline into dementia is an awful experience But the characters in this book tackle the hard tasks involved with great sensitivity The sub plots are also difficult ones, involving a manipulative relationship, and a marriage breakdown along with the breakup of long standing friendships, with there being one twist about halfway through that I certainly didn t see coming I felt t [...]

    7. Liz Byrski writes mainly about older women in contemporary settings, an almost untapped market that appeals to a lot of readers The fact this book is set in my neighbourhood, Perth Fremantle it was like putting on a pair of comfy slippers, a book I could visualise at every turn.As the title suggests it is a novel involving neighbours After years of living on Emerald Street the characters are like family, they are a close knit community caring for each other as a new phase in life begins All thei [...]

    8. Very good book and story A bit hard for me personally to read, as someone whose mother has dementia Very well written and accurate portrayal of Stella s demented decline Very sad to read but excellently done The bit where Dorothy explains what is happening to Stella to Polly is heartbreaking and very true Thank you Outside the main entrance Polly pauses, leans against the wall, eyes closed trying to hold back tears and failing miserably Are you all right, Polly She looks up to see Dorothy standi [...]

    9. I enjoyed this book The Fremantle setting and the story line the two main couples and the older Stella were very well defined characters I look forward to reading books by Liz BYRSKI.

    10. Not my favourite, but I enjoyed re reading this book I m usually energised by thoughts of aging as wonderfully as Lis s characters but these women are not quite as feisty as usual.

    11. How do you review a master story teller Another beautifully poignant tale about aging and relationships Particularly enjoyed the males journey into retirement.

    12. Disappointing and predictable Preferred Family Secrets Friendship between families living in the same street and how their lives progress as they go their different ways I enjoyed the male characters very much It was pleasing to have an insight into the men s lives and how they reacted to different situations as they grew older and retired.

    13. Over the years, the residents of Emerald Street have become than just neighbours, they have built lasting friendships over a drink and chat on their back verandahs.Now a new chapter begins with the children having left home Helen and Dennis have moved from their high maintenance family property to an apartment by the river with all the mod cons For Joyce and Mac, the empty nest has Joyce craving a new challenge, while Mac fancies retirement on the south coast.Meanwhile, Polly embarks on a surpr [...]

    14. Once again Liz Byrski has hit the mark, opening a window into many a mature woman s dilemmas as they negotiate today s world especially those born prior to 65 how to re find and define one s self I jokingly call Byrski s writings chick lit for old ducks but I absolutely love all her stories and this latest book The Woman Next Door did not disappoint The complexities of facing empty nesting, retirement or retiring partners , mature age separation, kickstarting dreams in the face of mental fragili [...]

    15. You know you re the same person but suddenly you see yourself in a mirror or reflected in a shop window and think who is that old person that looks a bit like me I was attracted to this book for two reasons Firstly the names of the characters were very close to home which was fun More importantly, Byrski s novels were purportedly about women in their 40s, 60s and 80s Now, that makes a change.On the surface it may appear that this is a simple tale about friends caring and watching out for each ot [...]

    16. Can I say that this is actually 4 and half stars for me I always enjoy reading books by Liz Byrski as she has a knack for creating characters who are quite convincingly real This book tugged gently at a variety of emotions as topics such as aging, Alzheimers, marriage and dealing with death were explored as the residents of Emerald Street, Freemantle travelled through the joys and tribulations of their lives I really loved Joyce and Mac, two of the central characters who are working out what the [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this book It tells the story of a group of neighbours that have lived in a street in Fremantle, Western Australia for many years It explores relationships and approaching old age All the characters are believable and you find yourself completely immersed in their lives The character of Stella and her story is particularly poignant and I m sure many readers could associate with the sadness of Alzheimer s or dementia Liz has totally nailed this one Totally recommend reading it.

    18. Interesting subject matter life after 60 and reasonably good storylines, but unfortunately the highly educated and intelligent author does not rise above the usual chick lit level Well, a PhD in writing does not make someone a good writer And as is evident on almost every page, it does not guarantee correct syntax and punctuation either All of the women are cardboard characters The author seems incapable of creating personalities which would be real and relatable As a result, it is really diffic [...]

    19. The Woman Next Door is a story of friendship and love.Helen and Dennis, Polly, Joyce and Mac and Stella all lived along side each other in Emerald Street for many years, starting families together and sharing their lives.Life has moved on and Helen and Dennis have already left the street and are living not far away but far enough to create change.For those friends that lived side by side things are the same but a little different now, their children have grown and left home, grandchildren welcom [...]

    20. What a difficult book to review I disliked this book very intensely until about 170 pages in Until this point I was thinking 2 stars at most I never not finished a book I ve started and was determined to finish just so I could start my next book without having to think about IF it would improve I was finding it so tedious even rung a friend to vent about how boring it was and was wondering WHY the reviews were so favourable I was struggling to differentiate the main characters then it got better [...]

    21. Less satisfying than all her other novels.Darker, not as engrossing, Polly and Leo strand was disappointing Ageing is an interesting topic though ageing and how we deal with it relevant to myself as an early 50s reader How to be inspired and stretched engaged and relevant after retirement or children have left the nest is a challenging area and that was interestingly covered in this story How often have we heard of someone dying immediately after reaching retirement Now that there s time for you [...]

    22. Liz Byrski is without doubt, one of my favourite authors I was fortunate to be introduced to her work through In The Company of Strangers, one of my favourite books, through Beauty and Lace I received The Woman Next Door through Beauty and Lace too and loved it I love the way Liz portrays her characters so that you feel you know them I love the Australian settings of many of her books and most of all, I love how the characters stay with you, long after you ve finished the book My expectations fo [...]

    23. GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Liz Byrski and Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review Thank you, folks, for sharing your work with me The Woman Next Door is an excellent tale, highlighting all the things that make women vulnerable, and that make them strong Though set in Australia, this is an international tale, both in scope and locale The women and men of Emerald Street, including Helen , fully identify what makes a good relationship, a happy [...]

    24. This is the story of four separate households who are friends due to having lived in the same street for a long time The make up of each family is different which may be why such strong friendships have developed over the years.The main characters have all reached a time in their lives where things are changing, families growing up, loneliness on the horizon perhaps and this is the tale of each of them finding their new slot in life It is a wonderfully warm story, not all roses round the door bu [...]

    25. Always a pleasure, escaping with a Liz Byrski book, not unlike settling into an old overstuffed chair, throwing your legs over the side and just soaking up the sheer comfort of it.Hang on, that was exactly my pose as I devoured this book But predictably emphatically so , it left me feeling a bit bloated More of the same ageing women, some gracefully than others More of the same life challenges More of the same friendship tests Too much of the sameSo thanks, Liz Next time I want to gorge on a B [...]

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