Nora Silk doesn’t really fit in on Hemlock Street, where everyhouse looks the same. She’s divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heelsand red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But astime passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women’sapprehension evolves into admiration. The men’s lust evolves into awe. Thechildren are drawn to her in ways they can’t explain. And everyone on thislittle street in 1959 Long Island seems to sense the possibilities and perilsof a different kind of future when they look at Nora Silk.
This extraordinary novel by the author of TheRiver King and Local Girls takes us back to atime when the exotic both terrified and intrigued us, and despite our mostdesperate attempts, our passions and secrets remained as stubbornly alive asthe weeds in our well-trimmed lawns.
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