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 Streetoffers a surprisingly provocative detective story of the heart, one that will keep you in its thrall.
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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.About the Author:
MARGOT LIVESEY is the acclaimed author of the novelsThe House on Fortune Street,Homework,Criminals,The Missing World,Eva Moves the FurnitureandBanishing Verona. Her fiction has appeared inThe New YorkerandThe Atlantic Monthly, and she is the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.The House on Fortune Streetwon the 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Livesey was born in Scotland and grew up on the edge of the Highlands. She currently lives in the Boston area and is a distinguished writer-in-residence at Emerson College.
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