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Press Release: The Neighbors are Watching by Debra Ginsberg

November 29th, 2010


Contact: Sarah Breivogel; 212-572-2722


From the acclaimed author of The Grift comes an engrossing mix of domestic drama and psychological suspense



A Novel

By Debra Ginsberg




Advance Praise for The Neighbors Are Watching:

 “Fans of Desperate Housewives will enjoy Ginsberg’s engaging . . . mix of domestic drama and
psychological suspense . . . Everyone is a suspect here; even seemingly upstanding citizens have
closets bulging with skeletons . . . deliciously flawed characters.” —Booklist  


 “Teeming with secrets . . . dark, funny, and sometimes creepy.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Ginsberg has written a gripping suburban suspense novel with real people at its core.”
Library Journal


You may wave from the driveway or chat in the grocery store, but how well do you really know your neighbors? From casual picnics to carpools is it ever possible to know what’s actually happening behind closed doors? Debra Ginsberg, author of the highly acclaimed The Grift  (a New York Times Notable Book), tackles these questions with sophisticated intrigue and exposes the mystery lurking behind the neighbors’ picket fences in her new novel, THE NEIGHBORS ARE WATCHING (Crown; November 16, 2010).

Aside from their annual block party, the residents of Fuller Court tend to keep to themselves—but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t all watching and judging each other on the sly.  From the provocative former reality-TV contestant to the prim and proper couple who take the “neighborhood watch” a little too literally, this San Diego street is full of tensions bubbling beneath the glossy surface of suburbia.  One of the residents, Joe Montana, is a handsome restaurant manager with a beautiful wife, Allison, and a seemingly perfect life, until
one day the daughter he failed to mention shows up on his doorstep—pregnant.  Diana’s bombshell arrival in their quiet cul-de-sac sets off a chain reaction of secrets and lies that threaten to engulf the neighborhood along with the approaching wildfires fanned by the Santa Ana winds.  After the neighbors are forced to evacuate, they return to find their neighborhood severely altered by the aftermath—Diana is missing, leaving behind her newborn baby and many unanswered questions.

The story’s setting was inspired by a natural disaster and one of the characters was loosely drawn from a housewife in Ginsberg’s neighborhood, a respectable woman with a wealthy husband and three grown kids who pulls into her driveway one day and is arrested.  It turns out she was a fugitive on the lam for several decades after breaking out of prison where she was serving time following a drug bust.  This local story set the stage for THE NEIGHBORS ARE WATCHING, which unfolds in the same clever and captivating manner as The Grift.  Fans of Desperate Housewives will be seduced by Ginsberg’s uncanny ability to invade the minds of her characters while simultaneously spinning a fascinating web of deception and mystery. 

A potent blend of domestic drama and suspense, THE NEIGHBORS ARE WATCHING reveals the secrets that bloom alongside manicured flowerbeds—and the truths that lurk behind closed doors.

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About the Author:

Debra Ginsberg is the author of the memoirs Waiting, Raising Blaze, and About My Sisters, and the novels Blind Submission and The Grift, which was a New York Times Notable Book in 2008. She has contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered and the Washington Post Book World,  is a regular reviewer for the San Diego Union-Tribune and Shelf Awareness, and works as a freelance editor. She lives in Southern California.



A Novel

By Debra Ginsberg

Crown * November 16, 2010 * Pages: 336

Price: $23.99 * 978-0-307-46386-9


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