11. The Woman Next Door

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By Yewande Omotoso

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Neighbors Hortensia and Marion have shared a hedge — and a mutual hostility for one another — for ages. Both women, one of whom is Black, and the other, white, have had impressive careers; both have also recently been widowed.

When an unexpected event throws the women together and requires that they form a relationship, old wounds are reopened and disparate memories rehashed. But will this finally bring them together, or are they destined to always be on opposite sides of the fence?

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