Mercury, a novel by Margot Livesey
A Kirkus Reviews "Best Fiction of 2016" selection
A Bookpage "Best Books of 2016" selection
A Barnes and Noble "Best Books of 2016" selection
A Seattle Times "Best Books of 2016" selection
A magnificent horse sets off a chain of deceit and crime. The New York Times bestselling author of "brilliant paced contemporary adventure" (Elle) delivers her most gripping novel yet—at once a tense psychological drama and a taut emotional thriller—about love, obsession, and the deceits that pull a family apart.
Donald is an optometrist, his wife, Viv, manages a riding stable. When a beautiful horse, the dapple grey Mercury, arrives at the stables, Viv rediscovers her ambitions to become a champion rider and begins to pour time and money into training him. Her infatuation with the thoroughbred escalates to obsession, as she comes to believe that Mercury is in danger.
What does an ambitious woman do when the object of her ambition is threatened? What does an upright man do when his wife does something unthinkable?
About the Author:
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."