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Kate’s 2¢: “Mercury” by Margot Livesey

“Mercury” by Margot Livesey

Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…

The author presents the perspectives of both husband and wife highlighting how we rarely really listen to each other. We get so wrapped up in our own small worlds, we fail to understand what the other person is saying. Of course, not telling the truth usually causes super complications (to state the obvious).

I enjoyed this book from start to finish and shall look for other books by this author, especially, the book on writing.

Since I am totally blind, I really empathized with Jack and his situation. I have often felt the same way. Been there! Done that!

From: https://www.margotlivesey.com

Margot Livesey grew up in a boys’ private school in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent most of her twenties working in shops and restaurants and learning to write. Her first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was published by Penguin Canada in 1986. Since then Margot has published seven novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy. Her eighth novel, Mercury, was published in September 2016 by HarperCollins.

Margot has taught at Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon, Cleveland State, Emerson College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tufts University, the University of California at Irvine, the Warren Wilson College MFA program for writers, and Williams College. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Margot is currently teaching at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives with her husband, a painter, in Cambridge, MA, and goes back to London and Scotland whenever she can.

Alice Sebold says, “Every novel of Margot Livesey’s is, for her readers, a joyous discovery. Her work radiates with compassion and intelligence and always, deliciously, mystery.”


Mercury DB98504

Livesey, Margot. Reading time: 9 hours, 25 minutes.

Read by Nicol Zanzarella.

Suspense Fiction

Psychological Fiction

Donald, an optician in suburban Boston, lives quietly with his wife, Viv, who works at the local stables, and their two children. Then Mercury–a gorgeous young racehorse with a mysterious past–enters their lives and everything changes. Viv’s daydreams of competing with Mercury soon morph into an obsession. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

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