Nora Nolan lives with her husband, Charlie, and their two college age kids on the Upper West side of Manhattan on a dead end street. They live in an old, stately Victorian home on a street populated by wealthy residents. A violent incident happens in the neighborhood that will affect all who live in this community. The author’s narrative is an exceptional character study on the complexities of neighborhood, family, class, and race. It is also a lively and often humorous look at living in New York City.