The New Neighbor

Leah Stewart (Author)
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Product Details

Touchstone Books
Publish Date
June 28, 2016
5.2 X 0.8 X 8.0 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Leah Stewart is the critically acclaimed author of The History of Us, Husband and Wife, The Myth of You and Me, and Body of a Girl. The recipient of a Sachs Fund Prize and a NEA Literature Fellowship, she teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children.


"In simple, elegant language, Leah Stewart draws us to a little pond hidden away in the mountains of Tennessee...[and] never relaxes her tight focus on these complex characters."--New York Times Book Review
"Two women--a snoopy old lady and a young mom with a mysterious past who moves in nearby--discover each other's dark secrets." -Good Housekeeping ("Thrills and Chills")
"After only a few pages into Leah Stewart's The New Neighbor, the shrewd sharp voice of one of its main characters kept me reading."-- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"A chilling page-turner."--People (People Picks)-- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Leah Stewart skillfully captures conversational nuance and family alienation."--The Charlotte Observer-- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"A truly fine absorbing novel; the finest new novel this reader has discovered so far this season. Highly, highly recommended."--Hudson Valley News-- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
One of the protagonists of Leah Stewart's new novel, The New Neighbor, reads mystery novels, and only mystery novels, but she is a snob about them: she only wants to read the best. Well, she would love, love, love The New Neighbor, which is as tense and as tough-minded and as ingeniously structured as our best mystery novels, and our best literary novels, too. A major new book by one of our most psychologically astute writers.--Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"A quiet standout...[Stewart] choreographs a near-perfect perfect psychological dance here, her Jennifer and Margaret pulsing with life and her storyline, a la 'Rear Window, ' keeps us guessing to the end."--Buffalo News

"The writing is beautiful, and [Leah Stewart] does an impressive job of giving the reader a sense of place."--Mystery Scene

"Stewart deftly writes about the nuances of friendship and motherhood, as well as the past's unpleasant ability to take over the present."--BookPage--Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Readers who like an unhurried pace, an element of mystery, and plenty of symbolism will be satisfied as Stewart brings her tale to a surprising conclusion."--Library Journal--Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"A promising exploration of the secrets we all carry and our refusal to forgive ourselves."--Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World "Publishers Weekly"
"Stewart's prose is remarkable for its well-shaped sentences and nonshowy but sharp observations. Quietly incisive."--Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World "Kirkus Reviews"
Keenly engrossing and multilayered, this mystery and literary-fiction hybrid will elicit rich book-group discussions.--Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World "Booklist"