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A Note from New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe on Book 3 in her 1930’s-set Trilogy

Dear Reader,

I’ve heard from so many readers with questions about the fates of the batty folks they got to know in One House Over and Over the Fence, the first two books in The Neighbors series. Well, all of your questions will be answered in Across the Way!

After all the blackmailing, betrayals, deceptions, greed, and jealousy introduced in the first two books, it’s time for revenge. This final book in the trilogy will deliver it… with no holds barred. I have a feeling it will be a long time before you forget the havoc Joyce, Odell, Yvonne, and Milton wreaked!



“Monroe brings her exciting Neighbors trilogy to a dramatic and memorable conclusion, as she explores how social tension and conflict complicate jealousy and romance in an African American enclave in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression.” – Booklist on Across the Way

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe brings Prohibition-era Alabama to life in The Neighbors, a trilogy about the ongoing rivalry between two neighboring families: the sophisticated, seemingly respectable Watsons and the hard-partying, bootlegging, and outrageous Hamiltons…

When good-time couple Milton and Yvonne Hamilton moved one house over from the respectable-but-restless Odell and Joyce Watson, it was a fast friendship of shared secrets—and secret jealousies and betrayals. Their alliance was bound to crash and burn, but the Hamiltons won’t quite let the flame die out, even after scandalous accusations get them arrested.

Odell would do anything to be free of his bootlegging, blackmailing, money extorting neighbors and recover the peaceful—and financially prosperous—life he and Joyce once had. But Milton and Yvonne seem to always bounce back from bad luck, and this time they’ve returned angrier, and greedier, than ever. Determined to get what Odell “owes” them, the Hamiltons have a big surprise for Joyce too, one that shows how far they will go to get revenge…

Perfect for book clubs, Across the Way, is a captivating drama that explores the ways proximity to others can foment envy, reads as a cautionary tale about the grass being greener elsewhere, and explores how our origins can either drive us forward or hold us back.

Across the Way is available now everywhere books are sold!



Mary Monroe is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of over 20 novels, with over one million books in print. She is a three-time AALBC bestseller and winner of the AAMBC Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the J. California Cooper Memorial Award. The daughter of Alabama sharecroppers, she taught herself how to write before going on to become the first and only member of her family to finish high school. She lives in Oakland, California.

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