The Deception of Livvy Higgs

Creator: Donna Morrissey (Writer)

Nominator: Diane Turbide

Raised in Newfoundland and now living in Nova Scotia, Donna Morrissey has written five well-received novels. This one is narrated in the first person by an elderly woman who struggles to keep her troubled past from intruding into the present. The story, set partly in World War II-era Halifax, slips seamlessly between the past and the present, with the “disturbing intimacy of a séance.” The story has been described as “haunting…in its portrait of two unforgettable women—Livvy and Gen—whose fates are entwined by a violent act.”


The Deception of Livvy Higgs was the One Book Nova Scotia selection for 2016. “One Book Nova Scotia is encouraging all Nova Scotians to read Donna Morrissey’s The Deception of Livvy Higgs” – Local Xpress

“Donna Morrissey’s The Deception of Livvy Higgs is a novel that’s both familiar and surprising, and it is an engrossing read” – The National Post

“[A] moving story” – The Globe and Mail


Read more about the book here.





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