The House on Fortune Street: A Novel

The House on Fortune Street: A Novel

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by Margot Livesey
     
 

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It seems like mutual good luck for Abigail Taylor and Dara MacLeod when they meet at university and, despite their differences, become fast friends. Years later they remain inseparable: Abigail, the actress, allegedly immune to romance, and Dara, a therapist, throwing herself into relationships with frightening intensity. Now both believe they've found "true love."

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It seems like mutual good luck for Abigail Taylor and Dara MacLeod when they meet at university and, despite their differences, become fast friends. Years later they remain inseparable: Abigail, the actress, allegedly immune to romance, and Dara, a therapist, throwing herself into relationships with frightening intensity. Now both believe they've found "true love." But luck seems to run out when Dara moves into Abigail's downstairs apartment. Suddenly both their friendship and their relationships are in peril, for tragedy is waiting to strike the house on Fortune Street.

Told through four ingeniously interlocking narratives, Margot Livesey's The House on Fortune Street is a provocative tale of lives shaped equally by chance and choice.

Editorial Reviews

Ann Patchett
“I loved this book. The House on Fortune Street pulled me in and kept me rapt from start to finish. Margot Livesey is writing at her very best.”
Geraldine Brooks
“Structurally daring and compulsively readable, THE HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET illuminates the complexities of love in some of its most difficult guises, and of loss in all of its immensity. ”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061828744
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
532,735
File size:
524 KB

Meet the Author

MARGOT LIVESEY is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Flight of Gemma Hardy, The House on Fortune Street, Banishing Verona, Eva Moves the Furniture, The Missing World, Criminals, and Homework. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, and the Atlantic, and she is the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Born in Scotland, Livesey currently lives in the Boston area and is a professor of fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
July 24, 1953
Place of Birth:
Perth, Scotland
Education:
B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of York, England

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House on Fortune Street 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
pubchamp More than 1 year ago
Livesey is excellent at telling a "small" story about people attampting to find themselves--mired in, and made by, past events of their lives. Passing the narrative back and forth from one character to another is done seamlessly. Small story or not, the author makes the reader care about the characters. The style is blessedly English, which means it is lucid and uncluttered. Great read! Too bad the book cover makes it look like chick lit. It isn't. I also highly recommend Livesey's Eva Moves the Furniture.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirtyish Abigail Taylor and Dara MacLeod met while attending St. Andrews University. They became friends and years later remain BFFs. Abigail became an actress while Dara became a social counselor. They disagree on love and how to pursue it until each suddenly finds true love; Abigail with academic Sean and Dara with violinist Edward.------------- Soon after they meet the men in their lives, Dara moves into Abigail's house renting the downstairs apartment. Abigail receives an anonymous letter addressed to Sean insisting she is cheating; Dara reconciles with her father, who abandoned the family when she was ten. The letter and the father impact each relationship including that of the BFFs.-------------- This is an intriguing character study as four people rotate with each telling their back story and their perspective of what is going on. The key to the story line is how each person's past long before they met one another and forged ties impacts on how each of them interpret the various relationships. Although the action is limited, readers who relish a 360 degree look at four relationships especially the same baggage an individual brings to each will want to read THE HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must not have read the same story! A difficult read, but I persevered and finished it. Depressing and confusing, as if the chapters were out of order. Too often, I had to re read pages, having lost track. This was not my cup of tea, either.
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Franj More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read with twists and turns.
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Koda More than 1 year ago
Perhaps this is a love story. Perhaps it is a story of wanting to be in love. Either way, it is a gentle look at how searching for love--for oneself and from someone else--is fractured by misplaced trust, raw emotion and sheer chance. Four characters tell each other's life stories as reflections of their own in a shared experience of living in The House On Fortune Street. The author, Margot Livesey, establishes the backstories for each of the characters then turns the main intersecting part of the plot four times so that each character relates his or her perspective. The four stories are blended making actions and reactions from each character thoroughly reasonable for the reader. The story itself is simple--it is the character development and interplay which maintains the strength of the novel.Ultimately it is the resolution of what one needs from love that drives the story.
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Just as the last person said thanks for spoiling the ending I will now not buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for spoiling the book's ending, anonymous...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the four individual stories about people with interwoven lives, and the strong characterizations made it a hard novel to put down. My only disappointment was at the end, where I was expecting a greater tie-in explanation for Dara's suicide. Still, I will look for more works by this author.
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