Neighbors Author:Thomas Berger In "Neighbors" the author of "Little Big Man" and "Who Is Teddy Villanova?" turns from Indians and private eyes to the exotic adventures of Earl Keese, a pudgy homeowner living on a dead-end road in the country. — As the story opens, a younger couple named Harry and Ramona have just moved into the house next door, between Keese and the corner. Th... more »ey begin almost immediately to harass him in a fashion that seems by turns fetching and sinister.
Yet, in the twenty-four hours chronicled in "Neighbors" (some moments of which seem a blissful fantasy, others a nightmare), Earl Keese compresses a lifetime.
Here, as in Thomas Berger's other novels, the truth is often exposed as brutally as the shame of an exhibitionist who lifts his raincoat in the park, and there are scenes in which the droll, the horrid, and the merely humiliating are inextricably intermingled.
But a serious (though not sanctimonious) game is afoot, as anyone knows who has ever lived next door to human beings.« less