My Lover's Lover [NOOK Book]

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My Lover's Lover

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British writer O'Farrell turns a deceptively simple romantic novel into an engrossing story of psychological suspense. Lily, a young Londoner, meets Marcus, an architect, at an art opening, and they fall for each other. Within a week, she's moved into his loft, which he also shares with Aidan, a film animator. Lily takes over a room once occupied by Marcus's ex-girlfriend, Sinead. Marcus says very little about Sinead, except that "she's no longer... with us," causing Lily to wonder if perhaps she's dead. As Lily and Marcus become more deeply involved, Lily becomes obsessed with Sinead's fate and thinks she sees her everywhere; especially disconcerting are Sinead's spectral appearances while Lily and Marcus are making love. Then one day, Lily stumbles across the real Sinead and attempts to question her about her relationship with Marcus. Sinead flees, but Lily tracks her down; she finds that Sinead is a lecturer in English literature, and finally gets her to tell why she broke up with Marcus. Sinead's story makes up the second part of the book, chronicling the onset and passionate height of their five-year affair and her discovery that he was an inveterate philanderer. Lily realizes that her relationship with Marcus has been unhealthy; now it's her turn to flee. In the book's final major section, Aidan falls in love with Sinead and a strange turn of events finds three of the characters in Australia. O'Farrell's premise-a woman's curiosity about her lover's former relationship-is somewhat commonplace. What makes her novel distinctive is the supernatural element, which she manages well, suggesting that Lily's subconscious will save her in the end. O'Farrell's debut, After You'd Gone, won a Betty Trask Award. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
O'Farrell's protagonist, Lily, is reminiscent of actress Joan Fontaine in Rebecca and Suspicion, but Lily ultimately lacks the fortitude of either of those women. Subsisting on several part-time jobs, she meets and moves in with architect Marcus, whose girlfriend, Sinead, is "no longer with us." Haunted by Marcus's lost love, Lily sees Sinead everywhere she turns in the loft Marcus once shared with Sinead and tries desperately and without luck to find out how she died. As in After You'd Gone, O'Farrell's acclaimed debut, this novel moves from character to character, laying bare secrets. Instead of a seamless whole, however, O'Farrell delivers several equally unsatisfying and inconclusive stories. Lily's ghostly visions are never adequately dealt with, nor are Marcus's infidelity and obsession. A disappointing follow-up to O'Farrell's first novel.-Francine Fialkoff, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Britisher O’Farrell’s second (following her award-winning debut, After You’d Gone, 2001) is a fairly standard tale, set in London, of girls meeting, getting, and losing boys. Lily is a professional translator who gave up her career because she found herself unable to think in English anymore, and she now moves among odd jobs as secretary, babysitter, and window-dresser while living at home with her mother. At an art gallery opening, she meets Marcus, a handsome architect, who makes a pass at her and invites her to live with him--as a roommate. With nothing to lose, Lily agrees and moves into Marcus’s custom-designed loft, taking the room that until recently had belonged to a woman named Sinead (who, Marcus explains ominously, "is no longer with us"). Sinead’s presence hovers over the room like a ghost (her clothes, her perfume, Marcus’s unwillingness to talk about her), and Lily finds herself increasingly haunted--to such a degree that at times she even sees Sinead in the apartment. Is she losing her mind? Possibly--but not in the way she thinks: Sinead is alive and well, teaching at a London university, and, eventually, Lily sees her in a bookstore. By this time, Lily has become Marcus’s lover and has figured out that Sinead was an old flame whom Marcus preferred not to discuss. But Lily needs to know what went wrong between them, and she begins stalking Sinead in an attempt to speak to her. Eventually she succeeds, and Sinead tells Lily what came between her and Marcus. It’s not really much of a secret--in fact, it sounds a bit like an episode of Friends--but it lets Lily know what sort of man she’s dealing with. Hip and understated, but, at its heart, embarrassingly mawkish andsentimental.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101644744
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/27/2004
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 342,552
  • File size: 406 KB

Meet the Author

Maggie O’Farrell’s debut novel, After You’d Gone, won a Betty Trask Award and earned her a spot on the “21 great talents for the 21st century” list compiled by the Orange Prize for Fiction panel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    A Great Story

    I really enjoyed this book. I had read the Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox a while back and wanted to read more. I finally got my hands on this one and was not disappointed. I love her writing style and how she spreads the story out between the characters and time. And, it always comes together in the end. She has become one of my favorite authors.

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    Posted April 13, 2013

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    Great book.

    After read the book "after you'd gone" I knew I had to read more books by the author. this book is great. The story and the characters untangle themselves as the story continues. I like this book, but after you'd gone is this my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    Many kinds of books in one

    This novel begins as one thing and then turns into something completely, entirely, totally different. Throughout the first half I was wondering, 'Why hasn't anyone made this into a movie? It would be so spooky, creepy, great. . .' Then it shifted, and I thought, 'Oh, that's why!' It turns into a story about relationships, a sad look at men and women. Some people might hate that. Some might want the novel to choose and be one thing or the other. All I know is that I had to keep reading to see what happened, and I kept being surprised as the story unfolded. I didn't love it as much as After You'd Gone, her debut novel, but I am still looking forward to her next novel.

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