Revenge: A Novel
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Revenge: A Novel

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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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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
This is is one of my all time favorite books. This book completely changed my life!
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...more
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...more
Vivienne Strauss
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
The prose itself was flat and straightforward but the tenses threw me off. As for the plot, it was boring. The only interesting aspect of this novel was Andrea's relationship with Loretta.
Picked this up because I read one of her travel books that I loved, but this one was disappointing.
Wonderful book, great characters, totally engrossed.
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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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