The House on Fortune Street

The House on Fortune Street

A Novel

Large Print - 2008
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Forging an unlikely friendship that endures beyond their university years, actress Abigail and therapist Dara encounter challenges in the forms of an anonymous letter and a reconciliation with a distant parent.


It seems like mutual good luck for Abigail Taylor and Dara MacLeod when they meet at St. Andrews 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 offstage, believes herself immune to love. Dara, a counselor, is convinced that everyone is inescapably marked by childhood; she throws herself into romantic relationships with frightening intensity. Yet now each seems to have found "true love"—another stroke of luck?—Abigail with her academic boyfriend, Sean, and Dara with a tall, dark violinist named Edward, who literally falls at her feet. But soon after Dara moves into Abigail's downstairs apartment, trouble threatens both relationships, and their friendship.

For Abigail it comes in the form of an anonymous letter to Sean claiming that she's been unfaithful; for Dara, a reconciliation with her distant father, Cameron, who left the family when Dara was ten, reawakens complicated feelings. Through four ingeniously interlocking narratives—Sean's, Cameron's, Dara's, and Abigail's—we gradually understand how these characters' lives are shaped by both chance and determination. Whatever the source, there is no mistaking the tragedy that strikes the house on Fortune Street.

"Everyone," claims Abigail, "has a book or a writer who's the key to their life." As this statement reverberates through each of the narratives, Margot Livesey skillfully reveals how luck—good and bad—plays a vital role in our lives, and how the search for truth can prove a dangerous undertaking. Written with her characteristic elegance and wit, The House on Fortune Street offers a surprisingly provocative detective story of the heart.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2008
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed
ISBN: 9780061470349
Characteristics: 442 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Nov 30, 2017

In this book, almost all the characters are those "Whose desires did not fit into any appropriate category" – quote. Psychological intrigue, until the middle of the book, was quite fascinating. But then, slowly, but surely, everything went downhill. And I did not like the ending. It seems to me that the inner suffering of one of the main characters which led her to make a dramatic decision, was not revealed enough.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 17, 2013

This absorbing contemporary novel opens multiple perspectives on the life of Dara MacLeod, a young London therapist, partly by paying subtle homage to literary figures (Keats, Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll) and works (Jane Eyre, Great Expectations). Through four ingeniously interlocking narratives, 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.

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