MARGOT LIVESEY, NOVELIST, AND JO PAGE, FICTION AND NONFICTION WRITER, TO DISCUSS THEIR WORK
In advance praise, author Amy Bloom said, “Livesey’s prose is a garden of pleasures: precision here, lyricism there, wit and compassionate insight throughout.” Reviewing the novel for BookPage, Amy Scribner said, “The Flight of Gemma Hardy is the beautifully melancholic and wholly transporting story of one courageous girl searching for her place in a changing world.” Writing in the Daily Beast, Jane Ciabattari listed the novel as a “Must-Read,” and said, “Reinventing a beloved classic is a risky business, but it will come as no surprise to Margot Livesey’s admirers—a small but fervent group likely to be greatly enlarged by her wonderful new novel—that this abundantly gifted writer is more than a match for Jane Eyre.”
Livesey’s earlier books include The House on Fortune Street (2008), winner of the PEN New England Award; Banishing Verona (2004); Eva Moves the Furniture (2001), a finalist for the PEN New England Award, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Atlantic Monthly Best Book of the Year; The Missing World (2000); Criminals (1996); and Homework (1990). Novelist Geraldine Brooks called The House on Fortune Street, “Structurally daring and compulsively readable,” and said that Livesey “illuminates the complexities of love in some of its most difficult guises, and of loss in all of its immensity.” Novelist Andrea Barrett said of Eva Moves the Furniture, “Not since Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping has there been such a beautiful novel about the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.”
Jo Page has published fiction and nonfiction in Quarterly West, New Millennium Writings, The South Carolina Review, and other print and online journals. She was a finalist for the 2009 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction prize and is the author of the “Reckonings” column in Metroland magazine. She received her MFA from the University of Virginia and has written a novel, Weddings at Lakeview, and a memoir, Going Out, about her years as an ordained Lutheran minister.