Save What’s Left

Anchor. Jun. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780593469170. $26. F
DEBUT After Kathleen Deane’s husband Tom tells her he wants to trade their routine life for a year on a cruise ship without her, she impulsively purchases a beach house on the East Coast and moves halfway across the country from Kansas. Upon arrival in Whitbey, Kathleen is surprised to find that her new home is next door to a construction site. She quickly befriends her neighbor Rosemary, and they bond over a shared enemy—the disruption on their street. Together they fight the construction project’s many code violations by attending local meetings, writing countless emails, and composing an ill-advised letter to the editor. Kathleen is soon consumed with the behemoth next door. When her complaints are largely ignored, it only fuels her obsession. Then out of nowhere, Tom shows up, his world cruise a bust, and camps out on her property. When it becomes clear that Kathleen has uncovered local corruption, she’s faced with the possibility that she may have gone too far.
VERDICT Funny and relatable, this fast-paced debut novel is guaranteed to give pause to anyone thinking about moving to a beach town.
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