The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
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"The best stories change you. I am not the same after The Vanishing Act as I was before.”—Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus


On a small snow-covered island—so tiny that it can’t be found on any map—lives twelve-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa (a descendent of Descartes), Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier Minou’s mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned.



One morning Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother’s disappearance be explained by the boy? Will Boxman be able to help find her? Minou, unwilling to accept her mother’s death, attempts to find the truth through Descartes’ philosophy. Over the course of her investigation Minou will discover the truth about loss and love, a truth that The Vanishing Act conveys in a voice that is uniquely enchanting.
 

About Mette Jakobsen

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Mette Jakobsen was born in Denmark in 1964. She holds degrees in philosophy and creative writing and is the author of several plays. The Vanishing Act is her first novel. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
 
Published September 17, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When he is not fishing, cooking or trying to forget terrible hardships suffered in an unnamed war, Papa is searching, like his father before him, for the “absolute truth.” Minou finds a dead boy on the beach.

Aug 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Vanishing Act: A Novel

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On a small and snowy island, 12-year-old Minou lives with her father, a philosopher.

Sep 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Vanishing Act: A Novel

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Indeed, the joy of The Vanishing Act is that it works just as well as a one-dimensional story as it does a thought provoking fable as the beautifully written, haunting set pieces testify, like Minou and her father poignantly talking to the tragic occupant of the 'Blue Room' or Minou's nostalgic m...

Aug 02 2012 | Read Full Review of The Vanishing Act: A Novel

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Minou and her mother had a great love for the circus and loved nothing more than performing.

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