Mercury: a Novel by Margot Livesey

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I don’t often plug a book, but a friend of mine has a new novel coming out on September 27th. If you haven’t discovered the novelist Margot Livesey, I recommend that you check out her work. A review of her new novel will be forthcoming in the New York Times Book Review.

In 2000, I’d picked her as my fiction writing instructor at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. I had to cancel at the last minute, so we didn’t work together until a few years later at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. I spent a memorable week with her and a spirited group of fellow students in a writing workshop. If your ego tells you that you are a fiction writer, tell your ego to stay quiet until you’ve undergone some training by a talented, well-schooled instructor.

No two of her novels are alike. She is truly a master writer of literary fiction and someone whose work is worth exploring. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

— Kate


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