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Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
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Jul 22, 09

bookshelves: fiction, gothic
Read in July, 2009

Eva, do not go gentle into that good night!

Oh yeah, that advice only applies to men. Which helps explain why this cannot be a crossover novel. Margot Livesey's female characters seem natural enough, but the men are less than half-dimensional: passive, clueless, and prepubescent.

Come to think of it, that sort of describes Eva as well. She contents herself with moving the furniture when she should be raising Cain or at least making house.

The most interesting aspect of this pleasant little novel is how it proves that Gothic doesn't necessarily mean scary. I define a Gothic novel as a romance with ghosts. That's exactly what Eva gives us. No less and no more.
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