Zeke is twenty-nine, a man who looks like a Raphael angel and who earns his living as a painter and carpenter in London. He reads the world a little differently from most people and has trouble with such ordinary activities as lying, decipherin ...more
As a person who organizes her life around caffeinated beverages I loved all the little mentions of tea (characters frequently alluding to needing tea, or feeling better after a cup of tea, and Brits complaining about the way tea is served in the US).
One of the main characters Zeke has Asperger's Syndrome and, I can't judge how accurate Livesey's rendering is of it, but a lot of the way things were told to convey the point of view of a person with ...more
Livesey (Eva Moves the Furniture) bares open the human heart in Banishing Verona. Her writing is as elegant as ever as she alternates between Verona and Zeke's perspectives on their lives and examines the ties that bind them to their lovers and families. Most critics enjoyed this cerebral approach. A few, however, thought it forced as each character jetsets across the continent amid missed connections. Zeke unquestionably steals the show. His labors seem "no less heroic than Ulysses" as he follo...more
Zeke, though it's never spelled out, is autistic, probably has Asperger's Syndrome. His parents are greengrocers and want him to take over the shop now that he's approaching 30. He wants nothing to do with it; he enjoys his handyman jobs. His life is far from 'normal' but it fits him fairly well.
He's busy painting in a house whose owners are out of town on holiday when their visibly-pregnant niece shows up a ...more
Banishing Verona is very, very different, and it's a beautifully written story from two points of view. Zeke and Verona meet in a haphazard fashion and develop an immediate connection. The story is told in pieces, first from Zeke's perspective, then Verona's and back and forth. Zeke suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, and Livesey weaves his condition into the narrative brilliantly ...more
Just finished Banishing Verona - most unusual love story between a pregnant radio interviewer and a man with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. But other relationships, good and bad, are brought into the fold in a captivating plot diced with superb dialog, witty hu ...more
Completely wackadoodle and completely compelling. As in all the best love stories (and this is only partly a love story), the pair are star-crossed in some way. In this case, many ways. He has Asberger's, she is seven months pregnant. His parents bug the hell out of him, her brother causes some serious problems.
The writing is true, the story preposterous. This is making me read all of Livesey's other work.