The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox

The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox

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A significant departure for Maggie O'Farrell in terms of maturity and style, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX will be one of the unmissable publishing events of 2006.

Set between the 1930s,and the present, Maggie O'Farrell's new novel is the story of Esme, a woman edited out of her family's history, and of the secrets that come to light when, sixty years later, she is released from care, and a young woman, Iris, discovers the great aunt she never knew she had. The mystery that unfolds is the heartbreaking tale of two sisters in colonial India and 1930s Edinburgh - of the loneliness that binds them together and the rivalries that drive them apart, and lead one of them to a shocking betrayal - but above all it is the story of Esme, a fiercely intelligent, unconventional young woman, and of the terrible price she is made to pay for her family's unhappiness. This is vintage Maggie O'Farrell: an impassioned, intense, haunting family drama - a stunning imagining of a life stolen, and reclaimed.

Publisher: London : Headline Review, c2006
ISBN: 9780755332229
0755332229
Branch Call Number: OFA
Characteristics: 245 p

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CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 09, 2017

Iris gets a stunning phone call - she has a great-aunt named Esme, and Esme is being released from a mental hospital after sixty-one years - can Iris take her in?

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hildesanders
Aug 09, 2016

Great ending. I'm not crazy about the author's writing style.

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KathyS82
Jun 21, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable. Quick easy but "stays with you" read.

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KatLynR
Jun 07, 2016

This book made me an instant fan of Maggie O'Farrell's works. I have since read her entire catalogue and was never disappointed. Eager to read anything else she publishes.

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fionathehun
Nov 18, 2015

Extremely well written! I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend!

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Gabbiefilby
Feb 10, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It highlighted the plight of those confined to asylums as a matter of convenience and misdiagnosis. At the same time, this historical information was interwoven into a great story which told of the jealousies, loyalties, expectations and disappointments between siblings. I will be reading more of Maggie O'Farrell.

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kristikaye
Dec 12, 2014

Sad and twisted, a scrumptious read. As the story unfolds, past truths are revealed, and it gets darker. The ending shocked me, I had to read the last couple of pages twice because it caught me off guard. Really enjoyed my time with this book!

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campingmomma
Mar 06, 2014

I don't know what I was doing when this book came out, but boy did I miss a good one! This is the story of Iris a single young woman who possibly is in love with her step brother (just as an aside). Iris is contacted by an insane asylum regarding the release of a great aunt, Esme, Iris never even knew existed. The story goes back and forth beautifully between the childhood of Esme and Kitty (Iris' grandmother who is in a nursing home for Alzheimer's) and the present life of the three women. At first it was a bit confusing to figure out who was "talking" when as there are no different fonts to distinguish the storytellers, but you quickly figure out who's point of view the story is coming from.
I read this book in less than 24 hours, a new record for me as I am a slow reader, but I just could not put this down. The writing was superb! The author really kept you engaged throughout the story. There is scandal, mystery, twists and turns to be had.

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oboechica88
Dec 05, 2013

This was one of my favourite books of the year, and quite possibly of the past decade. Maggie O'Farrell perfected the balance of what to reveal and when, and what to just let peek out. This novel is very dark, and very twisted - as it often is when a novel is written about a family. O'Farrell mastered the effect of knowing just how much the reader really wants to know - after all a book like this doesn't have the same impact if every secret is revealed. It worms its way into your thoughts there and stays there for weeks - maybe even months. I would rank this book as a top 3 contender for books I've read this year, if not THE best book I have read this year. If you liked this, you might enjoy The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield For a full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

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finn75
Dec 03, 2013

This book had some great twists and was so sad on so many levels. Told from the perspective of a mental hospital detainee, her sister who has alzheimers and a modern young woman caught up in sixty years of betrayal. Well worth a read.

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