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Mercury: A Novel

Mercury: A Novel
by Margot Livesey

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Obsession can take even the most ordinary of lives and twist it into something irredeemably unrecognizable. Hillary is a single mother who has come into possession of her deceased brother’s Thoroughbred racehorse, Mercury, and decides to board the stallion at Viv Stephenson’s stables. Talk about love at first sight. A wife and mother, but, most of all, a lapsed equestrian, Viv sees in Mercury her second chance at a competitive career, one she’s willing to pursue at the cost of her marriage and family. Paranoid about real and imagined threats to Mercury, Viv buys a black-market gun and has opportunity to use it the night Viv’s optician husband, Donald, brings Hillary and his best friend, Jack, to the stables after hours so Hillary can visit her horse. Mistaking them for intruders, Viv shoots and severely wounds Jack. Told from both Donald’s and Viv’s perspectives, best-selling Livesey’s (The Flight of Gemma Hardy, 2012) 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

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about the author: Margot Livesey

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.

Books by Margot Livesey:

Homework, 1990

Criminals, 1996

The Missing World, 2000

Eva Moves the Furniture, 2001

Banishing Verona, 2004

The House on Fortune Street, 2008

The Flight of Gemma Hardy, 2012

Mercury, 2016

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