"A good work of literary fiction"
In 1920 Troon, Scotland, Eva McEwan is born under a
dark cloud. What should have been a happy event for her
parents turns ugly when magpies are seen flocking to a tree
just outside the family home. Everyone knows that omen
always forecasts something bad and that evening, Eva's
mother passes away. Her father and her aunt raise Eva in a
very isolated environment.
When she turns six, a woman accompanied by a young girl
visits Eva, but no one else sees the two females. Over the
years, the duo provides positive and negative influence on
Eva by providing her a friendship and helping with her
chores, but also causes her to lose her first job. During
World War II, Eva, now a nurse, falls in love with Doctor
Samuel Rosenblum, but marries someone else who she likes
and admires but does not love. Did the two companions end
her chances with Samuel or did Eva do what she felt is the
right thing for her beloved?
EVA MOVES THE FURNITURE is a strong psychological
literary tale that centers on individuals who must contend
with their ghosts (metaphysical yet real) to live life to
the fullest. People are responsible for their actions
whether the ghosts exist or are imaginative. Fans of a
deep character driven tale that pares the soul so that
observers can see raw emotions will enjoy Margot Livesey's
novel. The book will be considered a classic in a decade
or so. The author will receive current kudos deserving of a
superstar who has an uncanny knack of telling a story with
quite a wallop.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 19, 2001