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Homework

A Novel

Margot Livesey

Picador

Celia Gilchrist believes that she has finally found the right man in Stephen, but when she moves in with Stephen and his young daughter Jenny, things begin to go subtly, menacingly wrong. Money disappears, a sweater is ruined, small, common-place lies escalate into awkward confrontations. Livesey’s debut novel, now back in print, is a chilling portrait of jealousy and fear, devotion, and the wish to be loved.

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HOMEWORK
PART ICHAPTER 1It was the Saturday before Easter and all day the weather had been seesawing between winter and spring. As I approached the zoo the sun came out again. There was no sign of Stephen and Jenny among the queue of people waiting to gain admission, and I sat down on the wooden bench beside the entrance. In the shelter of the high wall, it was warm enough to unbutton my jacket. I closed my eyes and turned my face to the sun, feeling the brightness on my eyelids. I could smell the rising smells of spring--damp earth, growth, decay--as if these odours, kept prisoner all winter
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“Arresting...Homework skillfully infuses psychological fright into the ordinary routine of living.” —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

“[An] artful narrative...rife with Hitchcockian suspense and a vivid re-creation of terror worthy of the master himself.” —Brett Singer, Los Angeles Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Margot Livesey

  • Margot Livesey is the author of a story collection and four novels, including Eva Moves the Furniture, which will be published by Henry Holt, September 2001. She lives and teaches in Massachusetts.
  • Margot Livesey
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Margot Livesey

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