The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

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Regrettably, “The Vanishers” becomes a victim of its own dizzying coincidences...the novel’s more serious concerns...are swamped by less interesting minutiae.
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From acclaimed novelist and editor of The Believer Heidi Julavits, comes a wildly imaginative novel about grief, female rivalry, and the furious power of a daughter’s love.

Julia Severn is a talented student at an elite institute for psychics. When Julia’s mentor, the legendary Madame Ackerman, grows jealous of her protégée’s talents, she subjects Julia to the painful humiliation of reliving her mother’s suicide . . . and then launches a desperate psychic attack.

But Julia’s gifts, though a threat to her teacher, prove an asset to others. Soon she’s recruited to track down a missing person who might have a connection to her mother. As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues, everything she thought she knew about her mother is called into question, and she discovers that her ability to know the minds of others—including her own—goes far deeper than she ever imagined.
 

About Heidi Julavits

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HEIDI JULAVITS is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace. Her fiction has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, among other places. She's a founding editor of The Believer magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Manhattan and Maine.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Cristina GarcÍa on Mar 16 2012

Regrettably, “The Vanishers” becomes a victim of its own dizzying coincidences...the novel’s more serious concerns...are swamped by less interesting minutiae.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Diana Fitzgerald Bryden on Apr 04 2012

No plot summary would do justice to what ensues, and besides, half the fun is in trying to follow the twists and turns of Julia’s quest for health, maternal love and the mysterious Varga...

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