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    Short Description for The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox An impassioned, intense, haunting family drama from the author of AFTER YOU'D GONE and THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE.
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    Title
    The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maggie O'Farrell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 271 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780755308446
    ISBN 10: 0755308441
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Publisher
    Headline Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    HEADLINE REVIEW
    Publication date
    13 January 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Maggie O'Farrell is the author of five novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, and THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.
    Review quote
    'Actually unputdownable, written with charge and energy and a kind of compelling drive, a clarity and a gripping dramatic insidiousness reminiscent of classic Daphne du Maurier' Ali Smith 'O'Farrell's subtlety and delicate touch have never been so finely demonstrated' Independent on Sunday 'Mesmerisingly good' Daily Mail 'O'Farrell's story-telling skills ensure that this novel is compulsively readable, and delivers strong emotional punch' Telegraph
    Review text
    When the willfully unattached Iris Lockhart receives a call about a great aunt she never met, her loner lifestyle gets woven into a much larger family drama.Iris may harbor a secret forbidden passion, but in her real-life affairs she prefers a detached approach. Therefore, when a call comes from the soon-to-close Cauldstone Hospital, asking what she would like to do with an elderly relative she didn't know existed, she is faced with more intimacy than she's comfortable with. Her great-aunt Esme, mistakenly called "Euphemia" by the staff, has been hospitalized for more than 60 years for various vague psychiatric disorders, at one point it seems for simply not wanting her hair to be cut. After Iris tries to place her, and recoils from the horrors of the recommended halfway house, she takes her into her own flat, carved out of the Scottish family's original grand home, on a trial basis. Over the course of one long weekend, that trial reveals truths about why Esme was hospitalized and why Iris never heard of her, and also delves into Iris's fear of intimacy as her married lover, Luke, teeters on the edge of leaving his wife. Relying on a complex structure that recalls O'Farrell's earlier work (My Lover's Lover, 2003, etc.), most of the book's present action is focused on Iris's day-to-day functioning. But this contemporary action is merely the finale of a drama that's been going on since Esme's youth in India. That story unfolds primarily through a series of inner monologues. Esme enjoys rediscovering some memories but avoids others, while her sister Kitty, now institutionalized with Alzheimer's, runs through old mistakes and excuses that still haunt her in her dementia. At times, these competing voices, each with a different take on exactly what happened, can be confusing, but by the novel's surprising ending, each has become clear. Despite occasional opacity, this slow-building, impressionistic work amply rewards dedicated readers with a moving human drama. (Kirkus Reviews)