The House on Fortune Street There's nothing inherently remarkable about Margot Livesey's characters: an ambitious London actress at odds with her ruminative Keats-scholar partner, and her best friend, a sweet-natured… The House on Fortune Street There's nothing inherently remarkable about Margot Livesey's characters: an ambitious London actress at odds with her ruminative Keats-scholar partner, and her best friend, a sweet-natured… 2008-05-06 Fiction HarperCollins
Book Review

The House on Fortune Street (2008)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 06, 2008; Writer: Margot Livesey; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: HarperCollins

There's nothing inherently remarkable about Margot Livesey's characters: an ambitious London actress at odds with her ruminative Keats-scholar partner, and her best friend, a sweet-natured social worker consistently disappointed by her squirrelly musician boyfriend and distant father. But Livesey's writing is so melodic, intimate, and perfectly calibrated in The House on Fortune Street that she crawls beneath the skin of each one, telling her tale from four distinct but interlocking points of view and meticulously knitting the threads into a devastating whole. It's a work that lingers long after the last page is turned. A-

Originally posted May 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints
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