The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth5 stars.
How well do you know the people closest to you? Are they who you think they are? Is anyone?
These are the questions at the heart of Sally Hepworth’s new novel “The Family Next Door.” It is a phenomenal novel that delves into the minds of several families and specifically five complicated women. Some are mothers and daughters; others friends or neighbors. The only thing I can tell you is that nothing is as it seems. Essie and her mother Barbara, as well as Ange, Fran and Isabelle live in a community where your become friends with your neighbors - and you think you know them and you think you know them well. All I can say is that no one is ever who you think they are. Eye-opener!
What Sally Hepworth does here is nothing short of brilliant. She writes about people’s idiosyncrasies; their secrets, what makes them human, what makes them tick and how they operate. And in “The Family Next Door” no one is left unscathed.
“The Family Next Door” is a must read. Like all of Sally Hepworth’s other novels it is compelling and extremely well written. Ms. Hepworth lured me in from the first sentence and kept me enthralled throughout. She has a way with words my friends. If you haven’t picked up one of her books, I highly suggest you do so.
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Sally Hepworth for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Published on NetGalley, Goodreads and Twitter on 10.2.17.
Will be published on Amazon on 3.13.18
Study identifies 'book deserts'—poor neighborhoods lacking children's books—across country
I read it so many times that I can still recite some of the poems by heart. The poorer the neighborhood, the fewer children's books they found. Researchers walked around neighborhoods, stopping in stores and counting the number of reading materials available for purchase. In the city of Hamtramck, which borders Detroit, there was only one age-appropriate book available for every 42 children. Basically, low-income kids hear fewer words on a daily basis than their middle and upper-class peers. That means that from their very first day in the classroom, low-income students are already playing catch up.
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The lack of children 's books was even more pronounced in areas with higher concentrations of poverty, according to the findings published online in the journal Urban Education. These 'book deserts' may seriously constrain young children's opportunities to come to school ready to learn," said Susan B. Neuman, professor of childhood and literacy education at NYU Steinhardt and the study's lead author. Residential segregation has dramatically increased in recent years, with both high- and low-income families becoming increasingly isolated. In their study, the researchers looked at the influence of income segregation on access to children's books, a resource vital to young children 's development. Access to print resources—board books, stories, and informational books—early on has both immediate and long-term effects on children's vocabulary, background knowledge, and comprehension skills.
Residential segregation has dramatically increased in recent years, with both high- and low-income families becoming increasingly isolated. And while public libraries are critically important in giving families access to books, research has shown that the presence of books in the home is related to children's reading achievement. In a middle-income community, thanks to plentiful bookstores, 13 books for each child were available. In contrast, there was only one age-appropriate book for every children in a community of concentrated poverty. In each of the three cities, the researchers analyzed two neighborhoods: a high-poverty area with a poverty rate of 40 percent and above and a borderline community with a roughly 18 to 40 percent poverty rate. Going street by street in each neighborhood, the researchers counted and categorized what kinds of print resources—including books, magazines, and newspapers—were available to purchase in stores.
Oh my gosh, I so so love this and the idea. How I'd love to take a walk around those stacks. Way to go! I love this idea, too, but I tend to really overthink it. Tell me, how do you decide how to categorize something like Dinotrain that's about dinosaurs and also trains?