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Mercury (Paperback)
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Mercury (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 26/10/2016
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Publisher: Newbury House Publishers,U.S.
ISBN: 9780062496966
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
Edition: Large type / large print edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
[A] probing study of the way character shapes our destinies. Livesey, a Scottish transplant whose brilliant novels are underknown in her adopted country . A sharply sketched supporting cast adds to the depth and cumulative power yet more evidence of Livesey s formidable gifts. --Kirkus, starred review"
Livesey s story of loyalty, deceit, ambition, and moral ambiguity is a read-in-one-sitting, sublimely nuanced psychological exploration of personal ethics and responsibility ideal for book-discussion groups. --Carol Haggas, Booklist"
A fiercely intelligent exploration of the ways blindness to ourselves, others, and the power of passion and grief can divide us and transform us.... Livesey s skillful play with the title s many meanings... gives her narrative a rich imagery that interweaves seamlessly with its textured evocation of everyday life. --Publishers Weekly"
Livesey has a penchant for creating a sense of foreboding in her novels.... A tangled morality tale not about a horse but about a marriage and friendships disintegrating under the steady drip of secrets and half-truths. --Sally Bissell, Library Journal"
The inimitable Margot Livesey has written an unforgettable story of a couple in the midst of their marriage s dissolution. No one has a better understanding of human nature. --Lit Hub"
You ll be glued to the page. --People, Pick of the Week"
Consuming.... Explores themes of honesty and understanding by showing the impact that obsessions grief, rapacity can have on a marriage. --The New Yorker"
Margot Livesey should be better known.... [She] writes as well as anyone and is clearly steeped in the literary canon.... She s a patient builder of complex characters who are often brought face to face with uncomfortable truths about themselves. --Mark Kamine, Wall Street Journal"
Livesey s prose has a brusque sensuality. It reads lucid and forthright and lean.... Livesey roots tension not just in the bones but the very marrow of the book. --Leah Hager Cohen, Boston Globe"
An enigmatic, unhappy marriage is at the center of Livesey s ninth novel..... Secrets and lies lurk in the background. --Newsday"
Multi-layered domestic dramas are Margot Livesey s specialty. In Mercury, she again probes contradictions in human relationships, this time orbiting the often perilous abyss of middle age and casting her gaze on matters of perception in both literal and figurative terms. --Shelf Awareness"
A page-turner. --Anne Kniggendorf, Kansas City Star "
Gripping. --New York Post"
This remarkable, powerful novel takes its title from a horse: a beautiful, dapple-gray thoroughbred that becomes the object of obsession and the pivotal point of author Margot Livesey s richly complex story. --Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times"
Livesey knows her way around human desire and disappointment. Like the recent blockbusters GONES GIRL and FATES AND FURIES, MERCURY gives us a marriage from alternating perspectives. Unlike those books, there is no looming gimmick or twist. The parties involved agree on what has happened. The question is whether or not their love can survive it. --New York Times"
Delving into the subtler miscommunications of even the most intertwined lives [MERCURY] underlines the small efforts people make to carve out autonomy within a marriage. --Chloe Schama, New York Times Book Review"
A probing morality study that chips away at the age-old question: Would you turn in a loved one if you knew they did something reprehensible? Better yet: When, if ever, is it OK to lie? --Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle"
Thrilling. --Helen T. Verongos, St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
Fast-paced, with the feel of life as lived .In Livesey, as in Chekhov, when a gun turns up in a domestic drama, it s bound to go off. --Dan DeLuca, Philly Inquirer"
"Consuming.... Explores themes of honesty and understanding by showing the impact that obsessions--grief, rapacity--can have on a marriage."--The New Yorker
"You'll be glued to the page."--People, Pick of the Week
"Livesey knows her way around human desire and disappointment. Like the recent blockbusters GONES GIRL and FATES AND FURIES, MERCURY gives us a marriage from alternating perspectives. Unlike those books, there is no looming gimmick or twist. The parties involved agree on what has happened. The question is whether or not their love can survive it."--New York Times
"Margot Livesey should be better known.... [She] writes as well as anyone and is clearly steeped in the literary canon.... She's a patient builder of complex characters who are often brought face to face with uncomfortable truths about themselves."--Mark Kamine, Wall Street Journal
"Livesey's prose has a brusque sensuality. It reads lucid and forthright and lean.... Livesey roots tension not just in the bones but the very marrow of the book."--Leah Hager Cohen, Boston Globe
"Delving into the subtler miscommunications of even the most intertwined lives... [MERCURY] underlines the small efforts people make to carve out autonomy within a marriage."--Chloe Schama, New York Times Book Review
"A fiercely intelligent exploration of the ways blindness -- to ourselves, others, and the power of passion and grief -- can divide us and transform us.... Livesey's skillful play with the title's many meanings... gives her narrative a rich imagery that interweaves seamlessly with its textured evocation of everyday life."--Publishers Weekly
"Gripping."--New York Post
"A probing morality study that chips away at the age-old question: Would you turn in a loved one if you knew they did something reprehensible? Better yet: When, if ever, is it OK to lie?"--Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle
"Thrilling."--Helen T. Verongos, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Fast-paced, with the feel of life as lived....In Livesey, as in Chekhov, when a gun turns up in a domestic drama, it's bound to go off."--Dan DeLuca, Philly Inquirer
"The inimitable Margot Livesey has written an unforgettable story of a couple in the midst of their marriage's dissolution. No one has a better understanding of human nature."--Lit Hub
"This remarkable, powerful novel takes its title from a horse: a beautiful, dapple-gray thoroughbred that becomes the object of obsession and the pivotal point of author Margot Livesey's richly complex story."--Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times
"A page-turner."--Anne Kniggendorf, Kansas City Star
"An enigmatic, unhappy marriage is at the center of Livesey's ninth novel..... Secrets and lies lurk in the background."--Newsday
"[A] probing study of the way character shapes our destinies.... Livesey, a Scottish transplant whose brilliant novels are underknown in her adopted country.... A sharply sketched supporting cast adds to the depth and cumulative power... yet more evidence of Livesey's formidable gifts."--Kirkus, starred review
"Livesey's story of loyalty, deceit, ambition, and moral ambiguity is a read-in-one-sitting, sublimely nuanced psychological exploration of personal ethics and responsibility ideal for book-discussion groups."--Carol Haggas, Booklist
"Livesey has a penchant for creating a sense of foreboding in her novels.... A tangled morality tale not about a horse but about a marriage and friendships disintegrating under the steady drip of secrets and half-truths."--Sally Bissell, Library Journal
"Multi-layered domestic dramas are Margot Livesey's specialty. In Mercury, she again probes contradictions in human relationships, this time orbiting the often perilous abyss of middle age and casting her gaze on matters of perception in both literal and figurative terms."--Shelf Awareness

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