The Deception of Livvy Higgs

The Deception of Livvy Higgs

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For two traumatic days, Livvy Higgs is besieged by a series of small heart attacks while the ghost of her younger self leads her back through a past devastated by lies and secrets.

The story opens in Halifax in 2009, travels back to the French Shore of Newfoundland during the mid-thirties and the heyday of the Maritime shipping industry, makes its way to wartorn Halifax during the battle of the Atlantic in World War II, then leaps ahead to the bedside of the elder Livvy.

Caught between a troubled past, and her present and worsening living conditions, Livvy is forced to pick apart the lies and secrets told by her greedy, prideful father, Durwin Higgs, who judges her a failure, and her formidable Grandmother Creed, who has mysteriously aligned herself with Livvy's father, despite their mutual hatred.

Tending to Livvy during her illness is her young next-door neighbour, Gen, a single mother and social-work student. Overnight, a violent scene embroils the two in each other's lives in a manner that will entwine them forever. In The Deception of Livvy Higgs , the inimitable Morrissey has written a powerful tale, the Stone Angel of the East Coast.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, c2012
ISBN: 9780670066056
Branch Call Number: MOR
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,24 cm


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ontherideau Mar 09, 2017

The shifts between past and present are abrupt but once understood, fit the story well.
Stories of Bell Island NL and Halifax during the war are important in Canadian history.

Feb 06, 2016

The same plot as "Stone Angel" although the latter was a better story. Events were vague such as how Livvy's Mother died. Livvy''s neighbor was also overshadowed by Livvy's recollections of her past. Can't' say I'd highly recommend it.

Aug 08, 2014

Donna Morrissey is such a wonderful story teller that this is irresistible. Story telling is the first skill that an author must have and she has the knack.

Apr 24, 2014

This novel is really not very well written and has poor character development. The stories of some characters, such as the neighbour, Gen, are vague and others, such as Henri, remain cardboard figures. The "mystery" of the past is confused and the reader does not care by the end.

brianreynolds Jul 11, 2013

The somewhat doddering Livvy Higgs of Donna Morrissey's recent The Deception of Livvy Higgs has her life "flash" slowly before her eyes as she faces the possibility of her own demise. The "flash" constitutes nearly the entire book, so much so that the simple unravelling of the character's life that so appealed to me at the start, by the end, made me wonder if this weren't more of a character study than a novel. As anything more, it's pretty thin. In the end, I'm left with a moral that practicing to deceive weaves tangled webs (and I'm not so sure the deceptions unravelled by Livvy mattered half as much to her ultimate happiness as they did to the misery of the perpetrators) and an emaciated excuse for a plotline that goes something like: uneasy neighbours maintain their uneasy friendship--probably. While the simplicity of the writing charmed me completely, I do wonder if the backstory will deceive readers in search of a novel.

May 03, 2013

Not bad but uneventful. The story didn't come together until the last 50 pages and by then I didn't really care about the outcome.

jdaigle3 Dec 17, 2012

A decent read, not as good as some of Morrissey's works, very similar to "Sylvanus Now" in some aspects. In other ways it echoes V. C. Andrews' books. It has a tendency to jump back and forth through time and isn't always clear which time period you are in.

Dec 04, 2012

An engaging, character-driven novel full of Eastern charm from a classic Canadian voice.

Cathy_Library Sep 23, 2012

- beautifully written; reminiscent of "The Stone Angel"

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