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The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey
The House on Fortune Street is owned by Abigail Taylor and her best friend from their days together at St. Andrews University, Dara, rents the basement apartment from her. Abigail, who owns her own theater company, has been popular with men. Her current lover, Sean, left his wife for her, but their relationship is collapsing. Dara has been distant with men, unable to trust a man since her father, Cameron, left without word when she was a child. Cameron comes to the house on Fortune Street, wishing to explain why he had to leave. The novel is told from each character's perspective, as they try to explain the relationships, personal failings, and lies that ultimately lead to tragedy. Margot Livesey's novel has received positive reviews with the Raleigh News & Observer saying, "The House on Fortune Street is stunningly ambitious. In its exploration of these lives, intricately entangled and richly imagined, in its deep and wise comprehension of human possibility, and in the gorgeousness of its vision, it is not just a superb book and not just a transporting one. It is luminous."