The Girl Next Door

A Novel

The Girl Next Door

What makes a house a home?

For Eve Gallagher, home is miles away in England since she and her husband relocated to an apartment building on New York's Upper East Side. And life isn't coming up roses.

What makes a neighbor a friend?

Violet has lived in the building for decades, but she's always kept herself apart, until Eve's loneliness touches her heart.

What makes a wife a lover?

Jason Kramer in apartment 6A is no longer sure he loves his wife, but he's head over heels for Rachel Schulman in 6B.

What makes the girl next door the woman of your dreams?

Meeting Emily Mikanowski from 3A turns Trip Grayling's world upside down. It's love at first sight, but he needs help from Charlotte, the shy romance novel addict in 2A, if he's going to get his girl.

What they all have in common is an address, but it is also a home where their lives and secrets intertwine. Come in and enjoy this bittersweet story of friendship and love.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439154830 | 
  • December 2009
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Girl Next Door includes discussion questions and a Q&A with author Elizabeth Noble. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Questions for Discussion

1. Violet and Eve become close friends over the course of the book.  In fact, Violet is one of Eve’s only friends in New York. What do you think Violet and Eve are looking for in each other? How does their friendship develop into more of a mother-daughter relationship? What do they share in common besides their British roots?

2. Until motivated, independent Emily comes along, Jackson is aimless and not particularly concerned that his life is going nowhere.  Can Emily be credited for the changes that he makes?  Who else in this book is saved by someone they love, or motivated to be someone better?  

3. When we first meet her, Charlotte is at a point in her life when she fantasizes about what she wants, but never acts upon it. How does her fantasy of her relationship with the doorman force her back into reality?  Does she ultimately grow up?

4. Eve’s solution to her loneliness (and to Ed’s new workaholic schedule) is to have a baby.  How does she think having see more

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Elizabeth Noble
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Elizabeth Noble

Elizabeth Noble is the internationally bestselling author of The Reading Group, The Friendship Test, Alphabet Weekends, and Things I Want My Daughters to Know. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two daughters.