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Published October 31st 2019
When Neighbours Become Good Friends
The Woman Next Door is the 2016 release by Australian author Liz Bryski.
Photo courtesy Amazon
The story centres on the lives of four friends: Stella, Polly, Helen and Joyce, who are longtime neighbours in Emerald Street. From this shared address, they have supported and cheered for each other through lives triumphs and challenges.
We come to meet them at a time when their lives are at the crossroads where each is experiencing change - some they have created and some is imposed upon them.
So, who are they and what are they like.
Stella, a somewhat flamboyant and accomplished soap actor is coming to terms with the onset of dementia; Polly, a caring writer enters a cross continent relationship with clever but self-centred English academic Leo. The opinionated Helen separates from her long time husband Dennis and suffers and unexpected illness.
Joyce and her husband Mac take a year long break from living together where she follows her desire to study and teach English to new arrivals.
As their lives transform, the friendships that bind them remain a constant.
Liz Bryski has again delivered a story in her trademark women's fictional style. She builds characters that we come to understand and know well through her candid descriptions and relatable life events. It's a bit like the grownups version of the early episodes of Neighbours in terms of the interconnections between people living next door to one another. But it is more sophisticated with strong, likeable female leads.
If you enjoyed A Month of Sundays, you will equally enjoy The Woman Next Door where friendship, frailty and fortune reign supreme. A Month of Sundays is published by Pan Macmillan.
Photo courtesy Liz Bryski webpage
About Liz Bryski
Liz Byrski is a writer and broadcaster with more than 50 years experience in the British and Australian media. She is the author of thirteen non-fiction books and ten novels, and her work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines.