Highly regarded novelist and professor (presently at the University of Iowa) Margot Livesey makes this welcome Elliott Bay return, which is also a return to a Seattle she once called home. The author of such books as The Flight of Gemma Hardy, Criminals, and Banishing Verona, among many more, she is here tonight with her newest novel, Mercury (Harper). “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. “Mercury explores that thrilling, terrifying moment when grief turns blind, when passion becomes obsession. As always, Livesey tells her tale masterfully, with intelligence, tenderness and a shrewd understanding of all our mercurial human impulses.” — Lily King.