Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Hardcover vs Paperback 57

The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey




It seems like mutual good luck for Abigail Taylor and Dara MacLeod when they meet at St. Andrews University and, despite their differences, become fast friends. Years later they remain an unlikely pair. Abigail, an actress who confidently uses her charms both on- and offstage, believes herself immune to love. Dara, a counselor, is convinced that everyone is inescapably marked by childhood; she throws herself into romantic relationships with frightening intensity. Yet now each seems to have found "true love"—another stroke of luck?—Abigail with her academic boyfriend, Sean, and Dara with a tall, dark violinist named Edward, who literally falls at her feet. But soon after Dara moves into Abigail's downstairs apartment, trouble threatens both relationships, and their friendship.

For Abigail it comes in the form of an anonymous letter to Sean claiming that she's been unfaithful; for Dara, a reconciliation with her distant father, Cameron, who left the family when Dara was ten, reawakens complicated feelings. Through four ingeniously interlocking narratives—Sean's, Cameron's, Dara's, and Abigail's—we gradually understand how these characters' lives are shaped by both chance and determination. Whatever the source, there is no mistaking the tragedy that strikes the house on Fortune Street.

"Everyone," claims Abigail, "has a book or a writer who's the key to their life." As this statement reverberates through each of the narratives, Margot Livesey skillfully reveals how luck—good and bad—plays a vital role in our lives, and how the search for truth can prove a dangerous undertaking. Written with her characteristic elegance and wit, The House on Fortune Street offers a surprisingly provocative detective story of the heart.

I'm not sure if either of these covers exactly fit the story since there are two main characters. The hardcover is interesting but some of the choices made date it a bit for me. I like the light quality and colors of the paperback and honestly I think that's the one I'd pick up in a store.

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  1. Hmm...they portray two very different feelings, for sure.

  2. Wow! This is a hard one to choose! I like them both because I like the ivy/colors in the first one, but I like the simplicity/white & photos in the second one... SO HARD! But sister says bottom one so I will have to go with that! Love this feature :)

  3. I think the green on the hardback is a little overwhelming, so I'd pick the paperback too.

  4. I'd have to go with the hardback (green cover). Thinking about it from the consumer perspective, if these two books were side by side on a shelf in a bookstore my eyes would immediately gravitate toward the hardcover. I guess it just seems to be more visually pleasing.

  5. I don't like either one! blah!

  6. i think i like both.. but then i think i will go with the 2nd one

  7. Hardcover. I like the greenness of it. Because the pose is kinda awkward but it gets my attention.

  8. Anonymous9:44 PM

    I like the paperback because I really like the dress.

  9. The paperback makes me more curious about ths story than the hardcover.

  10. I'd definitely pick the paperback. The cover intrigues me.


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