Magician's Assistant: A Novel (Paperback)

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What if, after 22 years, you find out that the person you've loved isn't the man you thought he was? When Sabine's magician husband dies, she discovers how he was most adept at making his past disappear. Wonderful characters, breathtaking prose. Patchett's writing is at its best here --my favorite book by her so far.

Jennifer

— From Magician's Assistant

It's hard to select only ONE pick of the decade, but I revisit Patchett's book quite often: What if, after 22 years, you find out that the person you've loved isn't the man you thought he was? When Sabine's magician husband dies, she discovers how he was most adept at making his past disappear. Wonderful characters, breathtaking prose.

Jennifer

— From Magician's Assistant

Description


From the best-selling author of The Dutch House, a secretive magician’s death becomes the catalyst for his partner’s journey self-discovery in this “enchanting” book (San Francisco Chronicle) “that is something of a magic trick in itself” (Newsweek).

When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine—who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years—learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the journey she takes, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her.

Sabine's extraordinary tale, “with its big dreams, vast spaces, and disparate realities lying side by side” captures the hearts of its readers and “proves to be the perfect place for miraculous transformations” (The New Yorker). "

About the Author


ANN PATCHETT is the author of eight novels: The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, Commonwealth, and The Dutch House as well as three books of nonfiction: Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, What Now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays examining the theme of commitment.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780156006217
ISBN-10: 0156006219
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 17th, 2004
Pages: 368
Language: English