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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Maggie O'Farrell

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Title:The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Authors:Maggie O'Farrell
Info:Harcourt (2007), Hardcover, 256 pages
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O'Farrell is clearly a talented writer, but I didn't much care for this book. The main plot is clever, but I didn't care for the subplot between Iris and her stepbrother or Iris and her married lover. They add nothing to the story and for me actually detract from the main storyline. Esme's childhood character is well defined, but I would have liked more details about her sister and parents. There is a lot of intentionally vague details which is a writing tactic I don't care for. I also don't care for the lack of defined chapters and the constant jumping around between characters. Others will call this brilliant, but for me it missed the mark. ( )
  valorrmac | Aug 19, 2015 |
Iris Lockhart receives a strange call from Cauldstone Hospital to say that her great aunt, Esme, is being released after 60+ years of having been kept locked up there. Iris doesn't have a great aunt; after all, her grandmother, Kathleen, has always claimed to be an only child. Her grandmother has Alzheimer's disease, so she is not going to be much help in answering any questions. The story is told from three points of view - Esme, the great aunt, who has been locked up since she was sixteen years old. Why - because she was a bit eccentric, didn't want to get married, she was willful, and wanted to go on to university. This was back in a time, where a woman could be locked up for having unusual thoughts, or wanted to go against her parent's wishes; Iris, who is dealing with her own affair with a married man; and Kathleen (Kitty), Esme's older sister with the secrets locked inside her fleeting memories. The story was a quick read, and quite sad. ( )
  NanaCC | Jul 26, 2015 |
La desaparición de Esme Lennox es un libro sencillo, ligero y adictivo, que gana más por cómo está escrito (con un lenguaje tan cercano, tan envolvente...) que por la historia que cuenta, que no me pareció especialmente original. Es una lástima que no haya más libros de Maggie O'Farrell traducidos al español.
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  L0r0 | Mar 22, 2015 |
just ok. beginning much stronger and more interesting than the ending that just kind of fell flat, tie it up fast. Plus the time frames seemed off, that is Esme's youth seemed to take place in maybe Victorian times (very conservative, constraining role for women) but grand daughter current era. ( )
  amaraki | Mar 4, 2015 |
When an unknown family member is released from a mental institution, lives are changed as family secrets are revealed. A well told story with a startling ending. One of the few books I have dreamed about after reading. ( )
  poetreegirl | Feb 16, 2015 |
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Much Madness is divinest Sense--

To a discerning eye--

Much Sense--the starkest Madness--

'Tis the Majority

In this, as All, prevail--

Assent--and you are sane--

Demur--and you're straightaway dangerous--

And handled with a Chain--

Emily Dickinson
I couldn't have my happiness made out of a wrong-- an unfairness-- to somebody else . . . What sort of a life could we build on such foundations?

Edith Wharton
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Let us begin with two girls at a dance.
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This girl is remarkable to her. She is a marvel. From all her family – her and Kitty and Hugo and all the other babies and her parents – from all of them, there is only this girl. She is the only one left. They have all narrowed down to this black-haired girl sitting o the sand, who has no idea that her hands and her eyes and the tilt of her head and the fall of her hair belong to Esme's mother. We are all, Esme decides, just vessels through which identities pass: we are lent features, gestures, habits, then we hand them on. Nothing is our own. We begin in the world as anagrams of our antecedents.
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In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital—where she has been locked away for over sixty years. Iris’s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s face. Esme has been labeled harmless—sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But Esme’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?

Maggie O’Farrell’s intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth will haunt readers long past its final page.
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In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage-clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital—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 Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s 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.

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In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage-clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend's attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital -- where she has been locked away for more than sixty-one years. A family member 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?… (more)

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