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The absorbing latest from Livesey (Homework) opens multiple perspectives on the life of Dara MacLeod, a young London therapist, partly by paying subtle homage to literary figures and works. The first of four sections follows Keats scholar Sean Wyman: his girlfriend, Abigail, is Dara's best friend, and the couple lives upstairs from Dara in the titular London house. While Dara tries to coax her boyfriend Edward to move out of the house he shares with his ex-girlfriend and daughter, Sean receives a mysterious letter implying that Abigail is having an affair, and both relationships start to fall apart. The second section, set during Dara's childhood, is narrated by Dara's father, who has a strange fascination with Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and shares Dodgson's creepy interest in young girls. Dara's meeting with Edward dominates part three, which mirrors the plot of Jane Eyre, and the final part, reminiscent of Great Expectations, is told mainly from Abigail's college-era point of view. The pieces cross-reference and fit together seamlessly, with Dara's fate being revealed by the end of part one and explained in the denouement. Livesey's use of the classics enriches the narrative, giving Dara a larger-than-life resonance. (May)
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Life has a way of parceling out both good luck and bad, and for the residents of the duplex on the ironically named Fortune Street, the latter was regrettably the case. Failed Keats scholar Sean left his wife for Abigail, a charismatic, fiercely independent actress, only to lose her to a close friend and writing partner. Dara, Abigail’s best friend from college and downstairs neighbor, moved to London hoping to establish a relationship with her estranged father, Cameron, only to be betrayed by a duplicitous lover. Dara’s desire to uncover the reason he abandoned their family prompts Cameron to acknowledge an unsavory part of his past. And when Abigail loses both her oldest friend and true love, she is forced to reevaluate everything she once believed about herself. Intricately weaving the cause and effect of each character’s circumstances into four self-contained but essentially linked episodes, Livesey, polished and intriguing as ever, incisively explores the sinuous themes of regret and responsibility, truth and trust with an understated yet tenacious certainty. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
For me, this book is a little too dark and deep. I thought it was slow going, not a book that I couldn't wait to get back to. I prefer a light and happy read.Published 1 month ago by Mrs Wiz
This book didn't keep me interested until more than half way through. I am glad to have finished it though.Published 2 months ago by Deb Borkowski
I am a huge fan of Margot Livesay and enjoyed this novel! It is a series of 4 interlocking stories involving people who live or visit a house on Fortune Street. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shafer
I read mostly nonfiction, but sometimes I feel the need for lighter work. The House on Fortune Street works for that while making me process its themes beyond the short time it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Delver B. Smith
The House on Fortune Street provides four perspectives on the lives of the inhabitants of the home. Abigail and her boyfriend Sean live in the main part of the house, while... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Honesty is the best policy in this twisted circle of family values, too bad nobody told the family this.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very rarely do I not finish a book. Poor character, story line, and plot development. Creepy.Published 13 months ago by Mimsie
Horrible read! The entire time I was waiting for some kind of revelation. A revelation that never came! Boring book with no point. I still don't know the point of Sean's chapter. Read morePublished 14 months ago by DivaD530
I really enjoyed this book...well-written, with interesting twists and characters. I couldn't put it down!Published 14 months ago by Suzanne Shepherd