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Preview — The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey
The House on Fortune Street
But I also couldn't put it down. I found myself wanting to read more and hoping for a redeeming moment that made all their suffering worthwhile- that maybe they would lea ...more
The House on Fortune Street is suspenseful and compelling. It's filled with enough allusions to Dickens and Bronte to keep the literature lover engaged without being heavy handed. A ...more
Livesey, a professor at Emerson College in Boston, is a master of character development. She evokes her subjects' lives and multilayered emotional states so vividly that commonplace scenes contain novelty and tension. Though the story is divided into four self-contained sections, each narrated by a different character, critics were pleased to note that Livesey adeptly maintains control of the intricate plot. Most were charmed by her vibrant prose, sparkling with clarity and insight, and her freq...more
The titular house is owned by Abigail, who bought it with money inherited from an aunt. Her best friend from college, Dara, lives on the first floor. Dara is actually the center of the story - the three other main characters all have a connection with her. The ...more
Over the years, the friendship ebbs and flows, the emotional and geographical distances between them often magnified by these differences. Abigail becomes an actress and Dara becomes a counselor at a women’s center, where the clients are often the victims of some kind of abuse.
When many years later, Dara begins renting the downstairs flat in a house Abigail owns in London ...more
This book engages with Jane Eyre among other works. It is not a direct answer to it (or any of the other books involved) in the way that others including Jean Rhys's superb Wide Sargasso Sea are. Instead, it engages more subtly, evoking the primary characters through a corresponding literary work. In some ways this is a book about people who read, but it is also a book about people who love in ...more
So, what is it? Told in four discreet sections by two male and two female characters, it is a disquisition on loneliness and isolation and, most important, the secrets we fear to share because...we fear, s ...more
Abigail - an actress who confidently uses her talent both on and offstage - charms everyone she meets, but believes herself immune to love. Dara - a counselor at a crisis center ...more
Also the first book I read for book club (thanks, Joy!), and the first full-length book I read on the Kindle