The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett

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If the narrative moves at a deliberately slow pace, it's rich with the rewarding contrast between the precise mechanics of magic tricks and the real possibility of magic in daily life.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Sabine-- twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband-- is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.
 

About Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/ Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Published September 17, 2004 by Mariner Books. 371 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Masterful in evoking everything from the good life in L.A. to the bleaker one on the Great Plains, and even to dreams of the dead: a saga of redemption tenderly and terrifically told.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jun 21 2013

If the narrative moves at a deliberately slow pace, it's rich with the rewarding contrast between the precise mechanics of magic tricks and the real possibility of magic in daily life.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Vanessa V. Friedman on Jun 21 2013

Grasping at that family as a connection...Sabine immerses herself in their life, gradually uncovering the secrets that made the magician the man she knew and, in the process, teaching herself about the banal magic of everyday life.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Eder on Jun 21 2013

As if writing a cycle of death and resurrection, which her book in part resembles, Ann Patchett divides it in two. First is Sabine's version of the end of her story...Then, in the second part, life begins again.

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People

Good
on Jun 21 2013

In this elegant third novel, Ann Patchett...delicately explores the emotional quicksand Sabine faces as she travels to Alliance, Neb., to learn more about the man who was in truth the troubled son of a struggling farm-belt family.

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