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Simon & Schuster, Aug 2001, 25.00, 368 pp.
ISBN: 0743204697

    Amanda came from a background where her parents continually fought so she wanted to make sure that the man she married would really be the one for her and he alone. When she first set eyes on Graham O'Leary, Amanda felt a flutter inside her heart. By the second date, she knew he was the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. They bought a house in Woodley, Connecticut and spent their first year of marriage adjusting to one another.
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    Both want children and in their second year of marriage try to have a baby. They fail to conceive and as the years pass they finally visit a fertility specialist, but in doing so some of the spark and spontaneity exit their marriage. When THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR turns up pregnant, everyone, even Amanda, wonders if Graham is the father?

    Barbara Delinsky has written a real heartwarming dramatic romance centering on two people who clearly love each other, but still have problems because a key desire cannot be fulfilled from within. THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR shows the psychological strains, traumas, and agonies on an infertile couple. Ms. Delinsky is on her way back to all the lists with this deep, complex and beautiful tale.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Struggling with whom?    -   In-law Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Children/Pregnancy:    -   Can't get pregnant Family focus?    -   Yes Family, hating    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   teacher Effect of sexing    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   40% How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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