The Condo

A Novel

Fiction - Literary
306 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2020
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Author Biography

Richard S. Hillman lives happily with his wife in a Florida condo. The Hillmans have travelled the world with Semester-at-Sea and have lived in New York, Brazil, Jamaica, and Venezuela. Richard has published eight texts on Latin America and the Caribbean as well as three novels. When not reading or writing, he can be found on a tennis court or in his kayak. For more information about the author:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite

The Condo by Richard S. Hillman is a wry, ironic depiction of high-end condominium living on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Stan and Barb, successful New Yorkers, seek early retirement from the pressures of their professions as an advertising executive and a fashion model. So they sell their brownstone in the Village and move to the coast near Tampa Bay. They are close to another NY couple, who also make a move to Montgomery, Alabama to become engaged in the struggle for racial equality. The two couples, intimately entwined, soon discover that the complexities they flee from are impossible to escape. The narrative centers around Stan’s irrepressible need to become involved with community affairs, in this case, the homeowners’ association. Stress abounds even in Paradise—much of it comic with some underlying threats and a few surprising plot twists involving the Cuban Mafia, a Norwegian beauty, a transsexual, and some crazy tennis players.

Richard S. Hillman's The Condo is an easy read, perfect for beachside or a long flight. I was never confused about the situations, perhaps even to a fault. The narrator often poses questions that might better be left for the reader, but he seems intent on keeping us on track, often recapping and summarizing. In spite of the serious Trump-era social issues referred to, it’s all in fun, also sometimes disregarding traditional “rules” of grammar, punctuation, even spelling, which bothered me a little. The mystery of the initial “hook” is maintained until the end, so I kept reading. And it’s hard to imagine a more thorough and accurate presentation of the slings and arrows of upscale condo life. The accuracy and humor resonate.

C. Reader 1

4.0 out of 5 stars Retire to an upscale beach condo community in Florida--Sounds Like Paradise?
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
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Stan had it all figured out. Early retirement, move from NYC to an upscale beach condo in Florida, revive their marriage. Sounds like paradise. Barb wasn't so sure. The Condo by Richard Hillman brings to life this couple's search for paradise and all the misadventures involved to. Read it and you'll be likely to consider your own vision of retirement paradise carefully, particularly is you are invited to join the condo community's board of directors.