Banishing Verona

A Novel

Margot Livesey

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Zeke is twenty-nine and working as a carpenter and painter in London. Verona is thirty-seven, headstrong, and seven months pregnant. When the two meet in a house that Zeke is renovating, they fall in love, only to be separated less than 24 hours later when Verona mysteriously disappears. After much searching, Zeke discovers that Verona has travelled to Boston to help Henry, her brother, disentangle himself from some shady financial matters. As impulsively as he fell for Verona, Zeke decides to follow her to Boston. It is here that both lovers take on further and more desperate searches of their own, and Livesey’s sophisticated novel evolves into the most surprising and suspenseful of modern love stories.

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BANISHING VERONA
Zeke1He had replaced five lightbulbs that day and by late afternoon could not help anticipating the soft ping of the filament flying apart whenever he reached for a switch. The third time, the fixture in the hall, the thought zigzagged across his mind that these little explosions were a sign, like the two dogs he had come across in the autumn, greyhound and bulldog, locked together on the grassy slope of the local park. He had given them a wide berth; still, he had felt responsible when on the bus next day a man turned puce and fell to the floor.

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"An enthralling, unconventional boy-meets-girl story."--People(four stars)

"In Banishing Verona, Livesey, a first-rate storyteller, examines the ties that bind families and lovers. Her take on life is original, her use of perspective is deft, and her prose lovely. Zeke is captivating."--USA Today

"Livesey is interested not in medical conditions but in the human condition. . . . In fact, [she] expands (as is fiction's mission) our notion of what being human can mean."--The New York Times

"In Livesey's deft hands, their connection is as credible (and incredible) as love itself....[She] pulls it off effortlessly."--The Boston Globe

"Tantalizing . . . Livesey has taken a familiar plot device and has turned it into such a delicious literary construct that it seems new."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey is the author of five novels, including Homework and Eva Moves the Furniture, as well as the story collection Learning By Heart. Born in Scotland, she lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is the writer in residence at Emerson College.

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Banishing Verona
A Novel
Margot Livesey

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
September 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425203
ISBN10: 0312425201
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$19.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
September 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466815223
ISBN10: 1466815221
368 pages
$7.99
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