Valerie Park has been a follower all her life. Passively going along with whatever everyone else wants, her entire world collapses when her husband of twenty-two years suddenly dies.
She also has a big problem: her homeowner’s association terrorizes her. A feud that started between Holly Kent, the president of the HOA, and Valerie’s late husband Luke is making her life unbearable, and she’s convinced that everybody in her neighbourhood hates her.
Scared, lonely, and depressed, Valerie hides in her house, drinks too much, and has no idea what to do.
But then the charismatic Clementine Harrison moves in next door. Vivacious, bold, and larger than life, Clementine is unlike anybody else in the neighbourhood. She is a free spirit who dresses outrageously, dances naked in her backyard, and drives a large turquoise bus named Matilda. She doesn’t believe in labels, petty rules, or being scared of other people.
Clementine befriends Valerie and helps her find her voice, her courage, and an independence she never knew she possessed. She shows her that starting over is possible at any age, that not everybody is as they seem, and that we can fall in love with our life when we least expect it.
The Homeowner's Association is a triumphant tale of life after loss; a story about female empowerment, friendship, and meeting small-mindedness with grace and humour.