The House on Fortune Street

The House on Fortune Street

A Novel

Book - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:

It seems like mutual good luck for Abigail Taylor and Dara MacLeod when they meet at university and, despite their differences, become fast friends. Years later they remain inseparable: Abigail, the actress, allegedly immune to romance, and Dara, a therapist, throwing herself into relationships with frightening intensity. Now both believe they've found "true love." But luck seems to run out when Dara moves into Abigail's downstairs apartment. Suddenly both their friendship and their relationships are in peril, for tragedy is waiting to strike the house on Fortune Street.

Told through four ingeniously interlocking narratives, Margot Livesey's The House on Fortune Street is a provocative tale of lives shaped equally by chance and choice.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061451546
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

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.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at TCCL

To Top