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Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
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Jun 23, 2011

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Cudahy Main Stacks: PR9199.3 .L563 E84 2001.

A spare, dispassionate ghost story. In 1920s Scotland, Eva grows up without a mother, but has two "companions" who keep her company as she goes to school, becomes a WWII nurse, and enters into the adult world of romance and family. The figures are bossy rather than scary; they routinely interfere in Eva's life to steer her in a certain direction and keep her from pursuing relationships or jobs of which they don't approve. There is nothing particularly supernatural or compelling about the arrangement or the book itself, and I felt quite detached from the characters and their subtle, quiet emotions. That said, Livesey does paint an interesting portrait of mid-century Scotland, and I was happy enough to finish this short novel to see if the companions' motives were revealed.
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