The House on Fortune Street

The House on Fortune Street

A Novel

Book - 2008
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It seems like mutual good luck for Abigail and Dara when they meet at university and, despite their differences, become fast friends. Years later, they remain an unlikely pair: Abigail, an actress who confidently uses her charms both on and off stage, is reluctant to commit; Dara, a therapist, throws herself into every relationship with frightening intensity. Yet each seems--another stroke of luck?--to have found "true love"--Abigail with her academic boyfriend, and Dara with a tall, dark violinist.


Soon, however, trouble threatens both relationships and the women's friendship. Through four ingeniously interlocking narratives, Margot Livesey skillfully reveals how luck--good and bad--plays a vital role in our lives, and how our childhood legacies may be harder to leave behind than we hope. "Vibrant, evocative, irresistible" (Los Angeles Times), The House on Fortune Street offers a surprisingly provocative detective story of the heart, one that will keep you in its thrall.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781554684298
Branch Call Number: LIV
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 30, 2017

In this book, almost all the characters are those "Whose desires did not fit into any appropriate category" – quote. Psychological intrigue, until the middle of the book, was quite fascinating. But then, slowly, but surely, everything went downhill. And I did not like the ending. It seems to me that the inner suffering of one of the main characters which led her to make a dramatic decision, was not revealed enough.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 17, 2013

This absorbing contemporary novel opens multiple perspectives on the life of Dara MacLeod, a young London therapist, partly by paying subtle homage to literary figures (Keats, Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll) and works (Jane Eyre, Great Expectations). Through four ingeniously interlocking narratives, Livesey skillfully reveals how luck—good and bad —plays a vital role in our lives, and how our childhood legacies may be harder to leave behind than we hope.

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