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Living in Threes

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Three lives. Three worlds. Three times. Three young women, past, present, and future, come together to solve an age-old mystery and save a world.

Meredith has the summer all planned. She’ll hang out with her friends, ride her horse, and spend time with her mom, who is recovering from cancer. Then her mom drops a bomb: she’s sending Meredith to Egypt to dig up mummies with h
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Published November 19th 2012 by Book View Cafe
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Sherwood Smith

This is one of those projects that needed the freedom of small press.

Judith Tarr, whose name many of you will recognize, had written the project of her heart--her agent read it, loved it, said, "I'm not sure how to market it." But sent it out anyway. And after a few ice ages had passed, notes came back from editors that boiled down to: Loved it, but not sure how to market it.

So Judy brought it to the rest of us at Book View Cafe. When I read it, I saw what the Big Six was whinnying about: much o
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: period, 4-star
This was a book received through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers (thank you!). I've been trying to cut back on the books I put my name in for on LibraryThing, because while I've had pretty good luck there have been a number of clunkers – plus I'm a ways behind on my Netgalley books. But when I saw Judith Tarr's name on the book, it was a no-brainer – I had to request it, and I was happy when I received it.

I was not so happy with the cover art. This is one of those times when I'm happy to have t
C.E. Murphy
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There's a book I read when I was about 10, in 6th grade, probably, or possibly 5th. Anyway. I don't remember the title or author, but the gist of the story was about girl who perhaps became ill and traveled back to ancient Egypt and lived there for a time. At the end of the story there's some question about whether it really happened or was a fever dream. I loved the book intensely (I'm going to have to make the internet tell me what it was).

Judith Tarr's LIVING IN THREES hit me right in the swe
Rachel Brown
My quest to read more self-published books is mostly demonstrating to me that there is often no difference in quality between them and traditionally published books. In fact, in certain genres, it is much easier to find more ambitious or unusual books, of equal literary quality, in self-publishing.

I am tempted to say that this middle-grade book is more ambitious than most, but recently middle-grade seems to be getting more ambitious, while YA, overall, is getting less so.

It's divided into three
Beth Cato
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I supported Judith Tarr's Kickstarter project to fund this book and have looked forward to reading it for months. I can see why this book wasn't marketable by agents and needed to be self-published: not that that it's criticism of the book's quality or story, but the fact that it's completely cross-genre. It's simultaneously a contemporary YA novel, historical fiction, and far-future science fiction. I was quite curious as to how those varied settings would weave together, and was very, very, pl ...more
Lis Carey
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, f-sf, fiction
Meritre is a Temple Singer in the Temple of Amon, four thousand years ago. The recent plague that has killed so many is finally ending, but it's going to take one last victim before it's over.

Meredith is a teenager in our day, planning a summer of riding with her friends and caring for her recently bred mare, when her mother announces that as her sixteenth birthday present, she's going to Egypt to take part in a dig with her archaeologist aunt.

Meru, four thousand years in the future, has, along
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. LIVING IN THREES is one of those teen books that are good for adults as well. All three teenaged girls are endearing and authentic - courageous, intelligent and loving. Mind you, they might not be so endearing sometimes if the reader was a family member, but since we are seeing them from the inside and understanding what makes them sulky or ungovernable on occasion, they remain lovable.

Mt favorite youth read of 2016.
Katharine Kerr
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tarr has done an amazing job of interweaving the stories of three young women who may be incarnations of the same soul. One lives in ancient Egypt, one in our time, and one in the far future. For a short book, these three mileux are amazingly well presented and solid-seeming. The characters are engaging, and the plot fast-moving with some serious moments as the young women face grief and mourning, both together and apart.
Morgan Dhu
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Judith Tarr’s novel, Living in Threes, is a complex interweaving of three stories, in three times, each story focused on a young woman on the verge of adulthood, navigating the journey of her own growing independence while negotiating changes in her relationships with family, and facing the ultimate challenges of becoming an adult, the parameters of life and loss, birth and death.

In the present, Meredith wants nothing more than to spend the summer before her 16th birthday hanging out with frien
Rick Kirka
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The only problem was it was all too short. An interesting take on interwoven universes, without most of the contradictions. She has a historian’s grasp of the ancient past, a reasonable idea of the distant future, and NAILS so much of the present. Plus enough secondary issues to keep the entire work from being a tale of dread until the last few pages.

A great all-around balance, like all our lives, it should remind us that we’re all expected to include humor, silliness, and the mundane along with
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
An ambitious, epically spanning coming-of-age tale best suited for teenagers. Tarr's writing is top notch, and I found her description of the hidden Egyptian tomb particularly stunning.

I was not, however, a fan of the novel's braided trio of voices. Meredith's modern-age voice bookends the book and seemed awkward as the only point-of-view in first person, especially when her personal tale seemed so unfinished. It really bugged that some of her plot's elements were never given conclusions: (view
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, er, 2013, fantasy
The book focusses on Meredith, a 16 year old American girl who fancies a summer break looking after her white horse (who is hopefully pregnant), turtle watching and hanging out with her friends. However, her mother – recovering from cancer – sends her to Egypt to help Meredith’s aunt in a dig. There she becomes aware of two other people: Meru who lives 4000 years into the future and Meritre who lives 4000 years in the past (as a singer for the female pharoh). All are tied together through a sick ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
My experience of this book was that I "liked it", but that it really deserved at least four stars.

The author does an amazing job of creating three very different perspectives, of integrating them into a coherent story, and of ensuring that each perspective is engaging in its own right. I was particularly drawn to the symmetry and contrasts between the three main characters, especially their relationships with their family, friends, and pets. There's a lot of rich detail and meaning in this book
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Living in Threes is an aptly named title for this book. Three teenage girls named Meredith, Meru, and Meritre are connected in such a way. They're the past, present, and future all rolled into one. Each of their experiences are different from one another yet their common tie is the only hope for Meru's future. Each must face their own inner demons to triumph what comes next for all of them. Meritre needs to learn a secret. Meredith must accept the truth. Meru needs to search for the truth. Toget ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kickstarter, 2012, kindle, name
Plot: 3 1/2 stars
Characters: 3 stars
Style: 4 stars
Pace: 4 stars

rounding up.
I actually hadn't read any of her books before (They've been on my TBR list for a while, but I've been trying to read through my already on hand stacks), but between enjoying the blog she does on BVC, and the ringing endorsements of her by several other authors I enjoy, I bought into the kickstarter anyway.

The three girls' voices all sounded the same, but for good reason. (view spoiler)
Samuel Lubell
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, sf
Meredith is a horse-crazy 16-year old girl in modern America. She just wants to spend summer with her friends and her horses. But her mother, recovering from treatment that put her cancer in remission, wants to send Meredith to Egypt to visit her aunt, an archaeologist. Meredith starts having dreams of Meru, a girl living in the future, studying to be a starpilot, and of Meritre a girl living in ancient Egypt who knows some small magics to keep her family safe. The three are able to communicate ...more
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Living in Threes is the story of three girls who find themselves connected to each other across thousands of years. One lives in ancient Egypt, the second in present day Florida, and the third somewhere in the future. Together they struggle to prevent the breakout of a pandemic.

I recommend this book. It was well-written and the three main characters are well characterized. There was not a whole lot of attention paid to the more minor characters. While I would have liked to see some of them more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I supported Judith Tarr's Kickstarter project to fund this book, and have been really looking forward to reading it (though got delayed by travel/work/life etc!).

It definitely had a YA feel to it, not just the 16 year old protagonist(s), but a slight simplicity to the writing, but that certainly didn't detract from the story. There's fantasy, sci-fi, horses, archaeology, family, love and coping with death. And a connection between three girls stretching from four thousand years in the past to fo
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really loved this novel, I found it really gripping, a real page-turner!
The story switches between three times and three lives, which each have a separate story, but are also intricately interwoven. I really liked the way in which the stories become increasingly linked and really become one story over time.
The descriptions of ancient Egypt and the distant future are lovely and very lifelike. The characters are not always worked out as well as they could have been, but the three main characters
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A delightful story of a young woman across three time eras. A must for anyone interested in ancient Egypt and archaeology. It took a little while for me to get into the story, but after a couple of chapters I was fully engrossed. I was expectant of something more in the conclusion. For me the book closed with too an abrupt end. I would have liked, at the end of the book, for the author to have spent a little more time with each of the three main characters. A good read and I would have have no h ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Science fiction/fantasy/real world intersection built out of a moment near the book's beginning where the teenage protagonist suddenly sits down and starts writing a science fiction novel that, for a while, we spend more time in than we had in the original story. Some very well-written moments centering around family and grief... but also some things that didn't work as well for me, such as the voice of the main protagonist, or the parts of the story set in the future, where the rules weren't en ...more
Terri Tinkel
I won this book as a free download for my Kindle. When I realized part of it was going into the Sci-Fi area, I wasn't sure I would like the book. However, I got caught up in the story immediately and enjoyed how the author brought 3 times in life together. I imagine it took some research to fill in some of the blanks. It was well done but I wanted to know more about what path Meredith took at the end.
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
At first this is a difficult book to become interested in, but it does become more enjoyable after the significance of each character is understood. It does have the past, present, and future all in one book. Each character’s struggle is significant, and it explains who the character is. It is a great read, and a good fictional novel.
Thanks to book view cafe for the copy to read and review it.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderful blend of magic, science fiction, and history.
JHG Hendriks
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Good book.
Interesting concept and well executed.
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it - a good blending of science fiction and fantasy with som Egyptology thrown
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AKA Caitlin Brennan, Kathleen Bryan.

Judith Tarr (born 1955) is an American author, best known for her fantasy books. She received her B.A. in Latin and English from Mount Holyoke College in 1976, and has an M.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. She taught Latin and writing at Wesleyan University from 1988-1992, and taught at the

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