Books and Bathrobes with Margot Livesey
Books & Bathrobes With Margot Livesey
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Literary Affairs invites you to an exclusive ONLINE Books & Bathrobes event with New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey about her novel The Boy in the Field. Join us on Zoom for a book club style conversation between Julie Robinson and Margot Livesey followed by a Q & A.
Tuesday, September 15
10:30am – 12pm
The safety and comfort of your own home.
Bathrobes or sweats encouraged.
$15 requested to help defray our costs. NO REFUNDS.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Margot Livesey is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Mercury, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, The House on Fortune Street, Banishing Verona, Eva Moves the Furniture, The Missing World, Criminals, and Homework. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, and The Atlantic, and she is the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Born in Scotland, Livesey lives in the Boston area and is a professor of fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
ABOUT THE BOOK
One September afternoon in 1999, teenagers Matthew, Zoe, and Duncan Lang are walking home from school when they discover a boy lying in a field, bloody and unconscious. Thanks to their intervention, the boy’s life is saved. In the aftermath, all three siblings are irrevocably changed.
Matthew, the oldest, becomes obsessed with tracking down the assailant, secretly searching the local town with the victim’s brother. Zoe wanders the streets of Oxford, looking at men, and one of them, a visiting American graduate student, looks back. Duncan, the youngest, who has seldom thought about being adopted, suddenly decides he wants to find his birth mother. Overshadowing all three is the awareness that something is amiss in their parents’ marriage. Over the course of the autumn, as each of the siblings confronts the complications and contradictions of their approaching adulthood, they find themselves at once drawn together and driven apart.
Written with the deceptive simplicity and power of a fable, The Boy in the Field showcases Margot Livesey’s unmatched ability to “tell her tale masterfully, with intelligence, tenderness, and a shrewd understanding of all our mercurial human impulses” (Lily King, author of Euphoria).