The world has become a funny place. Folks are quite likely to be in daily communication with friends not seen for 20 years (and likely never to see again), but may not know their neighbours well enough to pass more that a nod in the mornings.
All great neighbourhood fiction contains a wide cast of characters each with their own story and their own contribution to the community. One such character, Sadie, the alcoholic wife of a deceased British rocker, and her children’s lives are changed when a southern gentleman moves in next door to their Manhattan townhouse. The Colonel becomes the focal point for this set of
Anna Madrigal’s apartment house on Barbary Lane is the setting for the adventures of quirky set of somewhat stereotypical characters populating a San Francisco neighbourhood.
As dog owners know, canine companions have a way of making their humans forge connections with strangers they would otherwise pass by. In the New Yorkers, dog owners commune and co-mingle in a tiny neighbourhood near Central Park.
Firozsha Baag is a run-down apartment building in Bombay. These short stories center around a cast of of somewhat quirky characters whose lives interweave.
Funny, yet a little sad. The community at the Rosehaven Convalescent Home are shaken up with the arrival of irrepressible Lil Olive and her rambunctious schemes.
It goes to prove that the truth is stranger than fiction. The Chelsea Hotel has a long history of harbouring writers, artists and thinkers. (Think Bob Dylan, Thomas Wolfe, Sid Vicious, Arthur Miller, Arthur C. Clarke). As the hotel comes more gentrified, long time resident Hamilton, tells the story of the hotel and its more eccentric residents.
And, finally, because I cannot resist, what neighbourhood can be compared to Coronation Street in Weatherfield. I once heard it referred to as the most dangerous street in England. How many people have been hit by cars? Close to 100 people have died on this street since 1960. In this novel, you are taken back to Weatherfield during World War I and will see how Albert Tatlock met Ena Sharples.