Thy Neighbor by Norah Vincent
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From the New York Times bestselling author, a first novel as spellbinding as her acclaimed nonfiction

At thirty-four, Nick Walsh is a broken, deeply cynical man. Since the violent deaths of his parents thirteen years earlier, he has been living alone in his childhood home in the suburban Midwest, drinking, drugging, and debauching himself into oblivion. A measure of solace is provided by his newly found relationship with Monica, a mysterious woman who seems to harbor as many secrets as he does.

Obsessed with understanding the circumstances surrounding his parents’ deaths and deranged by his relentless sorrow, Nick begins a campaign of spying on his neighbors via hidden cameras and microphones he has covertly installed in their houses. As he observes with amusement and disbelief all the strange, sad, and terrifying things that his neighbors do to themselves and to one another, and as he, in turn, learns that he is being stalked, he begins to slowly unravel the shocking truth about how and why his parents died.

At once unsettling and moving, humorous and horrifying, Thy Neighbor explores the nature of grief, the potential isolation of suburban life, and who we really are when we think no one is watching. What readers and critics have admired in Norah Vincent’s nonfiction is completely unleashed in this vivid and provocative novel.


About Norah Vincent

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NORAH VINCENT was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1968. Formerly an op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times, she is the author of two previous works of nonfiction, the New York Times bestseller Self-Made Man: One Woman's Year Disguised as a Man and Voluntary Madness: Lost and Found in the Mental Health-Care System. She lives in New York City.
Published August 2, 2012 by Penguin Books. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nick identifies a little too much with Hamlet, while recognizing that “Any spoiled kid who has a vaguely philosophical bent, serious daddy issues, and a bleak outlook on life has thought of himself as Hamlet and thought himself mighty profound and soulful for doing so.” The novel (or Nick) tends ...

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In Vincent’s disappointing fiction debut, narrator Nick, equally misanthropic and self-hating, drinks all night and feels sorry for himself all day (“Depressed?

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THY NEIGHBOR is the first work of fiction by journalist Norah Vincent, a stream-of conscience narrative that skirts the edges of genre novels without giving itself over wholeheartedly to, say, the mystery and thriller categories.

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