The Woman Next Door

Version: Abridged
Author: Barbara Delinsky
Narrator: Karen Ziemba
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: August 2001
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

A compelling and haunting exploration of the secrets and shadows that can be hidden within a marriage from the New York Times bestselling author of Before and Again.

The easy harmony that exists between three close-knit couples on a charming cul-de-sac in suburban Connecticut is shattered when a beautiful young woman, widowed and unattached, reveals she is pregnant.

Rumors and questions begin spreading about the potential father. One by one, the couples turn inward, taking stock of their marriages and discover weaknesses they had previously ignored. As each wife struggles with this sudden crisis, they discover that they are being forced into making a decision—one that could result in either the strengthening or the dissolution of her marriage.

An ingenious portrait of suspicion and deception, faith and love, Barbara Delinsky’s “adept and compelling exploration of the inner workings of the modern upper-class American family makes for one of her best books” (Booklist).

Reviews (12)

The woman next door

Written by Sheryl Adamson on September 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very well written. The story kept me interested all the way thru.

Woman Next Door

Written by Anonymous on September 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This novel seemed to be overly obsessive with one subject, and had little variety to create some anticipation for the listener. I was disappointed

woman next door

Written by Anonymous on August 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was very good. I guess I related to a lot of the main character's problems and I found myself putting myself in her place a few years back. It was very enjoyable

The Woman Next Door

Written by Joni Williamson on June 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Just wish it was unabridged. I prefer that format. I love Barbara Delinsky, though, all of her books are always excellent.

Woman Next Door

Written by Annette Kordgien on June 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Not a bad listen but have listened to/read better. Would not rent it again

Woman Next Door

Written by Anonymous on May 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Good for small-minded people. Makes no sense. The whole mystery is who fathered some woman's baby. Who cares?

Husband Next Bore

Written by Gem SPECTOR on April 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

A suburban bodice-ripper: Knotts Landing meets Barbara Cartland. If you find the subject of infertility within a Catholic family to be an interesting story structure, then you are in for a treat. Submitted by Gem Spector

Woman Next Door

Written by Alesha on April 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The Woman Next Door was an interesting romance novel. The characters were well developed but at time the plot was a little slow. I found the characters easy to identify with. Overall this was a nice book to listen to if you like romance novels with a little mystery in them. The plot kept you guessing until the very end!

Woman Next Door

Written by Barbara on March 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed this book but thought it moved a little slow. The narrator was good and the characters were quite real.

Woman Next Door

Written by Gem Spector on February 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

A suburban bodice-ripper: Knotts Landing meets Barbara Cartland. If you find the subject of infertility within a Catholic family to be an interesting story structure, then you are in for a treat.

Author Details

Author Details

Delinsky, Barbara

"Personal bios are really hard to write for those of us who make a living dramatizing bios for pretend people. Anything I write about me feels totally boring. But it is what it is. So here goes.

I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother's death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two skills that have served me better than all of my other high school courses combined). I earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. The motivation behind the M.A. was sheer greed. My husband was just starting law school. We needed the money.

Oh. Oh. Back up. You'll love this. When I was in high school, I was kicked out of Honors English because I couldn't keep up! No, I never did go back to gloat. The truth is that though I came from a family of lawyers and never dreamed of publishing books, I did learn the basics of writing in high school, and, yeah, that skill has come in handy, too.

Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald. I did the newspaper work after my first son was born. Since I was heavily into taking pictures of him, I worked for the paper to support that habit. Initially, I wrote only in a secondary capacity, to provide copy for the pictures I took. In time, I realized that I was better at writing than photography. I used both skills doing volunteer work for hospital groups, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and on the MGH's Women's Cancer Advisory Board.

I became an actual writer by fluke. My twins were four when, by chance, I happened on a newspaper article profiling three female writers. Intrigued, I spent three months researching, plotting, and writing my own book - and it sold.

My niche? I write about the emotional crises that we face in our lives. Readers identify with my characters. They know them. They are them. I'm an everyday woman writing about everyday people facing not-so-everyday challenges.

My novels are character-driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and friendship, and I've been blessed in having readers who buy them eagerly enough to put them on the major bestseller lists. My newest hardcover, Family Tree, is out in February, 2007. My next, The Secret Between Us, will be released in 2008. God willing, there'll be another in 2009 and another in 2010.

2010? Yikes. I didn't think I'd live that long. I thought I'd die of breast cancer back in the twentieth century, like my mom. But I didn't. I was diagnosed twelve years ago, had surgery and treatment, and here I am, stronger than ever and loving having authored yet another book, this one the non-fiction Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. First published in 2001, Uplift is a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes that I compiled with the help of 350 breast cancer survivors, their families and friends. These survivors just ... blew me away! They gave me the book that I wish I'd had way back when I was diagnosed. There is no medical information here, nothing frightening, simply practical advice from friends who've had breast cancer. The 5th Anniversary Volume of Uplift is now in print. And the money I've made on the book? Every cent has gone to my charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Wow. Does it get any better than that?"