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The Stranger Next Door is a dark, absurdist comedy with existential edges that only novelists writing in French seem capable of pulling off. It is also a novel about change and transformation: in this case, Emile's mental descent (or ascent, if you're really cynical...). Nothomb captures this idea well when Emile starts musing about good and evil as different states of matter:
THE STRANGER NEXT DOOR is a frightening psychological drama that rips asunder the veneer of politeness in modern civilization. The Hazels and their only neighbor(s) are all wonderful caricatures, a parody that surprisingly makes them all seem like genuine but grotesque human beings. Only a talent as good as Amelie Nothomb could accomplish such a feat in a poignant tale. Readers need not be concerned that this is a translation because Carol Volk does a terrific job without missing a beat.
Stein's latest book, The Stranger Next Door, which documents a battle over gay/lesbian rights in small town America and rise of religious conservatism, won the Ruth Benedict Prize. Sex and Sensibility traces the lives of two generations of women, examining shifts in feminism and sexual identities.Arlene Stein is Professor of Sociology and a member of the graduate faculty of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers. She is the author of three books and two edited volumes. Her book The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community’s Battle Over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights won the American Anthropological Association’s Ruth Benedict Award. She also received the Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities, given by the American Sociological Association. A frequent essayist for newspapers and magazines and co-editor of Contexts magazine, she is dedicated to making sociological writing more engaging and translating sociological ideas to diverse publics.Arlene Stein
The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community’s Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights
(Beacon Press, 2001)Arlene Stein is Professor of Sociology at Rutgers and the author of three books about American culture and gender politics. Her previous works include The Stranger Next Door, which won the Ruth Benedict Prize, and . Her writing has appeared in , , and , among other publications.Everything. I read a lot, watch a lot of film and TV and love listening to strangers talking on their mobiles on public transport. I often wickedly wish I could write stories about my friends’ foibles but that would lose them as friends. People often accuse me of being the characters I write about. Creating characters on paper is no different to creating a character on stage. I have to act out their motives, likes and dislikes. In my children’s books I can take on talents I certainly don’t have, such as becoming an Olympic swimmer(Neptunia) or adventuring as in (eSide: a Journey through Cyberspace) or meeting some unlikely person back in 1954 ( That Stranger Next Door) or even becoming a Moslem boy and discovering Uluru ( the Youngest Cameleer)Slendermen I think anyone and everyone should read this book. Do you want to read a mysterious mystery book which has a genre of mystery? If so then you should read "The Stranger Next Door" by Peg Kehret. This book takes place in Alex's neighborhood.