Visible City by Tova Mirvis

*I was not compensated for this review. I checked the book out at a local library and decided to post my thoughts.

Nina is a once upon a time lawyer, now turned stay at home mother of a toddler and new baby. She takes to watching out her apartment window. Mainly into the apartment of an older couple. Usually they sit and read together. Each minding their own, but looking perfectly content. Nina longs for this kind of comfort in a relationship. Her real estate lawyer husband usually works early mornings to late nights. Hoping that all his hard work will eventually pay off. One night she spies a young couple being quite intimate in her usual window. Later she finds out that the older lady is one of her old college teachers whom she used to adore. Her husband is a psychologist, and the younger lady she spotted was their daughter. Throughout the book their lives twist, meet, and grow apart.

The thing I loved most about this book, is the fact that it’s told from multiple view-points. You get to read from the minds of Nina, her husband, her ex-teacher, the psychologist, their daughter, her friend Wendy, and a man from the apartment complex. There are several stories that intertwine and suddenly become one. You watch all these individuals struggle through life, love, happiness, and sadness. But you also get to watch several couples grow and grow apart. The main point I took away from this book is the fact that not everything is what it seems. Just because you see something, doesn’t mean that’s how it is. Most of the time, you see what you want to see.


I wouldn’t say that I’m going to rush out to buy this book, but at some point I wouldn’t mind giving it another read.


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