Margot Livesey, one-third of the popular team who lead the annual Thalia Book Club discussions with Jennifer Egan and Siri Hustvedt, returns to discuss her first novel since 2012. Mercury is a beautifully crafted emotional thriller, which explores the ways in which relationships can be disrupted and ultimately destroyed by obsession, secrets, and ever-escalating lies. In conversation with author Meg Wolizter (The Interestings). With a reading by Michael Cerveris (Fun Home).
"The mid-life crisis takes many forms, some familiar, some wildly unexpected. Livesey, in her riveting novel Mercury, portrays a couple in their season of crisis. Patiently, precisely, she unfolds the layers of their drama, at once quiet and extreme. She'll make you wonder how well you know your spouse." (Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs)
"Mercury is a haunting, meticulous inquiry into the nature of blindness-its insidious power to corrupt marital trust, even between those with perfect vision. Margot Livesey is a searingly intelligent writer at the height of her powers." --Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad
"You'll be glued to the page." --People
[Mercury] explores themes of honesty and understanding by showing the impact that obsessions--grief, rapacity--can have on a marriage. --The New Yorker
At the Thalia Book Club, readers and writers meet for intimate conversations about compelling new books and favorite classics in fiction, essay, biography and more. Evenings include an actor performing an excerpt, an interview and a conversation with the audience, plus book signings.