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Book Title: A Crime in the Neighborhood|
The author of the book: Suzanne Berne
Edition: Algonquin Books
Date of issue: January 6th 1997
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.97 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.4
ISBN 13: 9781565121652
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I follow three literary prizes - The Man Booker, The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and The Baileys Women's Prize.
Man Booker - usually the winners are bona fide post modern classics BUT usually I tend to prefer the ones that don't win the actual prize.
Pulitzer - The winning novel is always good - the past ten years have been amazing.
However my absolute fave from these three is the Baileys. So far I have read 18 out of the 20 winners and only two disappointed me: Kate Grenvlle's The Idea of Perfection and Zadie Smith's On Beauty. As you can guess A Crime in the Neighborhood is a (1999) Baileys winner.
Part Philip Roth and part Harriet the Spy this is an interesting tale disguised as a mystery.
It's 1972 and a boy has been murdered. Also there's Watergate and Marsha Eberhardt's parents have split up. In the middle of all this mess a new neighbor moves in and Marsha tries to use her sleuthing skills in order to find out if the neighbor is the murderer.
The actual murder is a mcguffin. It's dealt with quickly. A Crime in the Neighborhood is more a commentary on how people react when there is a crime in their vicinity. Gossip, rumors, secrets. In other words this is a tale about suburbia, something which was a common theme in the late 90's and early 00's in both literature (The Virgin Suicides,White Teeth, The Corrections) and in film (the Virgin Suicides,American Beauty,Happiness, Donnie Darko). However due to Marsha's deadpan narrative this novel is not a product of it's time but stands out as deceptively complex coming of age story. Reality and Illusion collide nicely and this makes A Crime in the Neighborood compulsive reading.
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