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Book: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O'Farrell

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978-0151014118
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Hardcover
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1st Edition
Publication Year
2007
Language
English
Country/Region of Manufacture
United States
Condition
Like New
Category
Mystery, Thriller
Author
Maggie O'Farrell
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First Edition USA
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First Edition USA
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Harcourt Books
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Adult
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0151014116
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978-0151014118
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1st

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Product Details Title: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Author: Maggie O'Farrell Hardcover: 245 pages Publisher: Harcourt (October 24, 2007) Language: English ISBN-10: 0151014116 ISBN-13: 978-0151014118 Condition: Like New Read Once, DJ has minor shelf wear, tiny crimp from manufacturer on front board The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage-clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriendas attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospitalaโ€where she has been locked away for more than sixty-one years. Iris's grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme's papers prove she is Kittyas sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esmeas face. Esme has been labeled "harmless" sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But she's still basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit? A gothic, intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox will haunt you long past its final page. Editorial Reviews Publishers Weekly Starred Review. O'Farrell (After You'd Gone) delivers an intricate, eloquent novel of family malice, longings and betrayal. Slim, stylish Iris Lockhart runs a dress shop in contemporary Edinburgh when she's not flirting with her stepbrother Alex or rendezvousing with her married attorney lover, Luke. Esme Lennox, meanwhile, is ready to be discharged from the soon-to-be-closed psychiatric hospital where she's been a patient (read: virtual prisoner) for 61 years. Iris becomes aware of Esme's existence when she's informed, to her disbelief, that she has been granted power of attorney over Esme by Kitty Lockhart, Iris's Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother. It turns out Kitty and Esme are sisters, but Kitty kept quiet about Esme after she was hospitalized at age 16. Layer upon layer of Lockhart family secrets are laid bareaโ€the truth behind Esme's institutionalization, why her existence was kept a secret, and a twist involving Iris's parentsaโ€as Iris mulls over what to do with her new charge, and Esme and Kitty reconnect. O'Farrell maintains a high level of tension throughout, and the conclusion is devastating. (Oct.) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Booklist O'Farrell's fourth novel brilliantly illustrates her talent for gradually revealing her characters' inner lives by jumping back and forth in time and juxtaposing different narrative points of view. Iris Lockhart, a young Scottish woman, is suddenly informed that she has the power of attorney for her great aunt, Esme Lennox who Iris never knew existed. Esme has been locked away in a mental institution for over 60 yearsaโ€a fact never mentioned by her sister Kitty, Iris' grandmother, who now has Alzheimer's. In compelling prose, O'Farrell gradually pieces together the puzzle of Esme's life up to the age of 16, when her cold and repressive parents sent her away to the hospital that is now closing down. Esme had a bold and independent spirit, unseemly for a girl at that time. That as well as a younger brother who died in her arms and a never-mentioned rape contributed to her lost lifeaโ€a life "half strangled by what-ifs." A gripping read with superbly crafted scenes that will blaze in the reader's memory long after the novel is returned to the shelf. Donovan, Deborah Just one little tiny favor, it'll only take a second I promise, but before you Jump up there and click on the buy now or make me an offer button, can I get you to read about my booth policies and my short fine print please Click Here Purchases are not insured unless buyer chooses Priority Shipping.

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