The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (Paperback)
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DescriptionTHE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX is vintage Maggie O'Farrell: a stunning imagining of a life stolen, and reclaimed. Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done. Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released. Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris's questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family's history?
- Published: 13 January 2007
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780755308446 ISBN 10: 0755308441
- Sales rank: 6,491
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Reviews for The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Intrigued by the cover and the basic plot of the story, I was not at all disappointed.
I read this book within as a few sittings, as it was extremely hard to put down.
The story outlines 3 intriguing women and their often complex relationships with men and each other. Iris, the current day independent woman, Esme, the unconventional woman who was institutionalised because she was modern beyond the times, and Kitty, Esme's sister, strictly conventional and suffering from Alzheimer's disease (dementia).
The main pieces of the story are disclosed as puzzle pieces, scattered within the narration of each woman. This is particularly relevant for Kitty. Time contexts are blurred, as the reader travels from current day, to 1930's India and England within a chapter.
Thought-provoking, particularly relating to the past unethical and common treatment of young women who refused to conform to societal norms.
Highly recommend. by Channellie
a well wriiten story telling the sadness of a young gilr put in an asylum for no reason other than being a girl in the 20s...couldnt put it down read in 2 sittings.sad. by amanda thomas