Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



From a highly acclaimed author-the enchanting, bittersweet story of a motherless young woman torn between real life and the otherwordly campanions only she can see

On the morning of Eva McEwen's birth, six magpies congregate in the apple tree outside the window-a bad omen, according to Scottish legend. That night Eva's mother dies, leaving her to be raised by her aunt and heartsick father in the small town of Troon, Scotland.

As a child, Eva is often visited by two companions: a woman and a girl. Invisible to everyone else,

they seem benevolent at first, helping her to tidy her room and collect the hens' eggs. But as she grows older, their intentions become increasingly unclear: Do they wish to protect or harm her? Is their meddling in her best interest or prompted by darker motivations?

In the shadow of World War II, Eva studies nursing in Glasgow, tending to the wounded soldiers. But when she falls in love with a young plastic surgeon, the companions seem to have a very different idea as to her fate, and once again she finds herself unable to resist their pull.

A magical novel about loneliness, love, and the profound connection between mother and daughter, Eva Moves the Furniture fuses the simplicity of a fairy tale with the complexity of adult passions.


About Margot Livesey

See more books from this Author
MARGOT LIVESEY is the acclaimed author of the novels The House on Fortune Street, Banishing Verona, Eva Moves the Furniture, The Missing World, Criminals and Homework. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue and The Atlantic, and she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Livesey was born in Scotland and now now lives in the Boston area. She is a distinguished writer-in-residence at Emerson College. Visit her online at www.margotlivesey.com or on her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @MargotLivesey.
Published October 4, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co.. 241 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Eva Moves the Furniture

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

A haunting and haunted fourth novel from Livesey (The Missing World, 2000, etc.), this about a woman whose life is accompanied by invisible "companions" who shape her destiny in ways both helpful and harmful.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Eva Moves the Furniture: A Novel

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

They also produce disconcerting poltergeist effects, which Eva calls ''shadows.'' They are capricious and moody, especially the girl, and they insist that Eva never speak of them.

Sep 16 2001 | Read Full Review of Eva Moves the Furniture: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Lonely Eva is 6 years old, living with her aunt and widowed father in Troon, Scotland, when the two ghosts who will visit her throughout her life first appear.

Nov 09 2001 | Read Full Review of Eva Moves the Furniture: A Novel

Reader Rating for Eva Moves the Furniture

An aggregated and normalized score based on 68 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review