A Crime in the Neighborhood Author:Suzanne Berne A New York Times Notable Book. Set in the Washington, D.C., suburbs during the summer of the Watergate break-ins, Berne's assured, skillful first novel is about what can happen when a child's accusation is the only lead in a case of sexual assault and murder. A BOOK -OF-THE-MONTH CLUB and QUALITY PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB selection.
Very well written story that takes place in the early 70's about a young girl in upheaval; her family falls apart at the same time that a particularly horrendous crime occurs to a boy who lives on her street. These separate events become intertwined in her mind. Definitely recommend this--especially good if you lived through this period as the politics, etc will resonate.
A novel that stirred me up a little and left me in a reflective mood after finishing it after two sitdowns.
It's not just about the horrendous crime that was perpetrated against a 12 year old boy, but also about the seventies era, what was going on in our country at the time, and what was going on in the mind of the ten year old girl whose voice we are hearing throughout. I was spellbound by it. I think many others would enjoy it too.