Mercury, a novel

Mercury, a novel

Now in paperback

  • 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.

"Livesey knows her way around human desire and disappointment. Like the recent blockbusters Gone Girl and Fates and Furies, Mercury gives us a marriage from alternating perspectives. Unlike those books, there is no looming gimmick or twist. The parties involved agree on what has happened. The question is whether or not their love can survive it." New York Times

"[C]onsuming...[Mercury] explores themes of honesty and understanding by showing the impact that obsessions—grief, rapacity—can have on a marriage." The New Yorker

The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing

The Hidden Machinery

A new collection of essays on writing.

"[A] smart, unpretentious guide to "writing the life, shaping the novel." Employing a winningly confidential first-person voice, Livesey uses her own struggles and examples ranging from Jane Austen to Jane Smiley to elucidate such basics as creating character and writing dialogue as well as more intangible elements like developing a clear aesthetic. It's characteristic of Livesey's inclusive spirit that she does not privilege one over the other but explores each as a strategy that suits different kinds of materials and goals. Would-be writers will find this both useful and inspiring, while general readers can simply enjoy Livesey's keen insights and engaging prose." Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"If only I'd been able to read The Hidden Machinery before I began my first novel. It would have saved me so much trouble! Margot Livesey's essays are not only helpful and informative (about writing and great writers—Austen! Woolf! Flaubert!) but every witty, elegant sentence is a pure pleasure to read." Francine Prose, author of Reading Like a Writer