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White Elephant

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White Elephant

A turf war between neighbors leads to a small-town crisis in this sharply observed debut novel perfect for fans of Tom Perrotta, Meg Wolitzer and Celeste Ng.

The white elephant looms large over the town of Willard Park. A newly constructed behemoth of a home, it towers over the quaint houses, including Allison and Ted Miller's tiny hundred-year-old home. When owner Nick Cox cuts down the Millers’ precious red maple --- in an effort to make his unsightly property more appealing to buyers --- their once serene town becomes a battleground.

While tensions between Ted and Nick escalate, other dysfunctions abound. Allison finds herself compulsively drawn to the man who threatens to upend her quietly organized life. A lawyer with a pot habit and a serious mid-life crisis skirts his responsibilities. And in a quest for popularity, a teenage girl gets caught up in a not-so-harmless prank. Newcomers and longtime residents alike clash in conflicting pursuits of the American Dream, with trees mysteriously uprooted, fingers pointed and lines drawn.

WHITE ELEPHANT is a tangled-web tale of a community on the verge and its all-too-human inhabitants, who long to connect but can’t seem to find the words. It's a story about opposing sides struggling to find a middle ground --- a parable for our times.

White Elephant
by Julie Langsdorf

  • Publication Date: January 28, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco
  • ISBN-10: 0062857762
  • ISBN-13: 9780062857767