April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An Evening With Margot Livesey and John Dufresne
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH MARGOT LIVESEY
in conversation with
Wednesday, April 3, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is delighted to present Margot Livesey discussing her new novel: The Road from Bellhaven (Knopf, $29.00). She will be in conversation with John Dufresne.
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy, a novel about a young woman whose gift of second sight complicates her coming of age in late-nineteenth-century Scotland
“Bewitching and seductive.” —Rebecca Makkai, author of I Have Some Questions for You • “A treasure: a writer who understands the magic and mysteries of the human soul.” —Chris Bohjalian, author of Hour of the Witch • “This book is a cold, clear, perfect lake.” —Lauren Groff, author of The Vaster Wilds
Growing up in the care of her grandparents on Belhaven Farm, Lizzie Craig discovers as a small child that she can see into the future. But her gift is selective—she doesn’t, for instance, see that she has an older sister who will come to join the family. As her “pictures” foretell various incidents and accidents, she begins to realize a painful truth: she may glimpse the future, but she can seldom change it.
Nor can Lizzie change the feelings that come when a young man named Louis, visiting Belhaven for the harvest, begins to court her. Why have the adults around her not revealed that the touch of a hand can change everything? After following Louis to Glasgow, though, she learns the limits of his devotion. Faced with a seemingly impossible choice, she makes a terrible mistake. But her second sight may allow her a second chance.
Luminous and transporting, The Road from Belhaven once again displays “the marvelous control of a writer who conjures equally well the tangible, sensory world . . . and the mysteries, stranger and wilder, that flicker at the border of that world.” —The Boston Globe
About the Author:
MARGOT LIVESEY was born and grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of a collection of stories and nine other novels, including Eva Moves the Furniture, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, and The Boy in the Field. She has received awards from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
About the Moderator:
John Dufresne, English Professor at Florida International University, is the author of six novels, including Louisiana Power & Light and Love Warps the Mind a Little, which were both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. A recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, he also written two short story collections, three chapbooks, a full-length play, and award-winning screenplays. Dufresne is also the author of four books on writing and creativity, including The Lie That Tells a Truth: a Guide to Writing Fiction; Is Life Like This?: a Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months; as well as Flash, a guide to writing flash fiction. His latest, Storyville: An Illustrated Guide to Writing Fiction, was published in 2020 by W.W. Norton & Company.