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The Road from Belhaven: A Novel

The Road from Belhaven: A Novel

"Raised by her grandparents in the Scottish countryside, Lizzie Craig wants nothing more than to stay on the farm and take care of them when they can no longer run the place. Soon she learns she has the gift of second sight, as well as an older sister who comes to live with them. These two discoveries alter her simple existence. As she grows into adolescence even her extraordinary gift can not stop her from following a boy to the city and making an all too human error. Marot Livesey's new novel is beautifully written story of family, shame, and redemption through love."

Brad L.

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Author Margot Livesey
Publisher Knopf
Publication Date 2024-02-06
Section New Hardcover - Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Brad L.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780593537046

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy, a novel about a young woman whose gift of second sight complicates her coming of age in late-nineteenth-century Scotland.

Growing up in the care of her grandparents on Belhaven Farm, Lizzie Craig discovers as a small child that she can see into the future. But her gift is selective—she doesn’t, for instance, see that she has an older sister who will come to join the family. As her “pictures” foretell various incidents and accidents, she begins to realize a painful truth: she may glimpse the future, but she can seldom change it.

Nor can Lizzie change the feelings that come when a young man named Louis, visiting Belhaven for the harvest, begins to court her. Why have the adults around her not revealed that the touch of a hand can change everything? After following Louis to Glasgow, though, she learns the limits of his devotion. Faced with a seemingly impossible choice, she makes a terrible mistake. But her second sight may allow her a second chance.

Luminous and transporting, The Road from Belhaven once again displays “the marvelous control of a writer who conjures equally well the tangible, sensory world . . . and the mysteries, stranger and wilder, that flicker at the border of that world.” —The Boston Globe

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