Nikki Amdur
November 22, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bad Neighbors

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kathrine Beck
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

Anita Jamison is thisclose to divorcing David, a halfhearted househusband who barely manages to drive the kids to school. Enter Sue Heffernan, a homemaker from hell who’s undermining Anita with cookies and casseroles. Fourteen-year-old Lily pegs Sue as ”totally demented,” but little Sylvie is more vulnerable to Sue’s cozy advances — as is David. While Anita tries to hang on to her girls and to make a decision about her lover, Frank, Sue escalates her domestic campaign — by way of The Twilight Zone — to replace her current husband with David. A surreal tale of marriage in the ’90s, Kathrine Beck’s Bad Neighbors is meticulously plotted right up until its elegantly evil climax. B

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