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Revenge: A Novel

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Revenge is a compelling and psychologically complex story of female friendship, art, and life. When a young painter moves next door to a world class novelist with writer's block, the two women become entwined in a novel described by Michael Cunningham as "compelling and darkly beautiful . . . Never less than gripping, Revenge builds to the realm of the genuinely revelatory ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Picador (first published 2004)
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Eric
Jul 16, 2008 Eric rated it liked it
I waited all the way to the last sentence to find the "revenge." It was too much anticipation for way too little payoff.
Miloe Peck/Braden
Apr 11, 2008 Miloe Peck/Braden rated it it was amazing
This is is one of my all time favorite books. This book completely changed my life!
Lynn
Sep 02, 2010 Lynn rated it liked it
There was really no revenge in this book. It was a somewhat interesting portrait of a friendship, but was very slow and subdued. There were intriguing and even ironic twists to the narrative, but they were buried by irrelevant details about the strangely unsympathetic main character and her boring unhappiness.

There wasn't much of a story, mostly just the musings of this woman main character, and her expectations and what she hopes to get out of this relationship. In the beginning, she is sort o
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Christie
Feb 02, 2011 Christie rated it liked it
Revenge is the story of Andrea Geller, an artist who teaches at a small college in Hartwood. Andrea has gained some notoriety for a collection of art she once showed at a gallery in New York, but now her work has stalled. She’s also struggling with the recent accidental death of her father. She’s having an affair with a married man. All in all, Andrea’s a bit of a mess.

She happens to live across the street from Loretta Partlow, a highly successful novelist. Although Partlow had been required rea
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Vivienne Strauss
Aug 03, 2012 Vivienne Strauss rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is the second book I've read by Mary Morris. I loved both books for completely different reasons. The Waiting Room had such different tone than this one and I am impressed that the same writer could bring out such strong yet diverse emotions in me. This was one of those books I just couldn't put down. I related to the narrator in ways that made me very uncomfortable through much of the book, I'm curious if others who didn't relate to her felt the same unease. I was constantly questioni ...more
Beth
Feb 22, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Compelling, highly readable, spare, haunting prose. Morris' understanding of human psychology, emotions and behavior is what interests me the most in her character and plot development. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of Andrea as artist and teacher. This is my second Morris novel. I have two more of her novels in my pile of to be read and look forward to doing so.
Stephanie
Nov 30, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Picked this up because I read one of her travel books that I loved, but this one was disappointing.
Joyce
Jul 11, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
This book has a surprise ending. Follow the clues but you probably won't figure it out until the end. Very clever, I thought.
Beth Shields-Szostak
Jun 22, 2010 Beth Shields-Szostak rated it liked it
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I was born in Chicago and, though I have lived in New York for many years, my roots are still in the Midwest and many of my stories are set there. As a writer my closest influences are Willa Cather and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I travel as much as I can and travel fuels everything I do. When I travel, I keep extensive journals which are handwritten and include watercolors, collage as well as text. All ...more
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