The haunting final pages are among the finest O'Farrell has ever written. This, the most satisfying and least mannered of her novels, marks a significant leap forward both in narrative precision and imaginative skill' Christie Hickman, New Statesman When Iris gets the call from the psychiatric hospital, she is put in a very difficult position.
I know you all are probably getting sick of my pogo stick, but damn, here I go again, hopping like crazy! Can someone lend me some WD40? The damn thing is getting squeaky from overuse! I love loony bins! This book, oh, this book. The story is about Esme, a woman who has spent 60 years in a loony bin and suddenly is released into the custody of her grand-niece, whom she has never met.
Come on, right there the book had Hand me the WD40! Come on, right there the book had me salivating. I love psychology, and frankly, I love crazy characters. I immediately had a zillion questions. How crazy is she, and what does it look like?
Did someone commit her and throw away the key, or did she claim her spot as a crackpot and hang out a sign, Home Sweet Home?
Why was she there so eff-ing long? Plenty of juicy questions, which could only have juicy answers.
I was ready to scarf down this slurpie! Esme, her sister, and her grand-niece. Each of them chirps up unexpectedly, sometimes in the middle of a paragraph even, squeezing out the last character who was just getting started.
Who knew whether this would work for me. Would I get totally confused and go running to my Complaint Board? I realized early on that my pogo stick had a mind of its own, leading me from person to person, past to present, ecstatically cutting through time and space with ease.
Trying to sell the jumpy. I was trying to sell this jumpy style to a friend who lives by linear. He was not impressed. So I had to wrack my brain to figure it out myself. I realized this is what was so cool: Each of the three stories was completely spell-binding.
She makes sure you have no choice but to read on, to glue your eyes to the page. You gobble up the secrets as you try in vain to figure out where the story is going.The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Maggie O'Farrell, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pp.
ISBN Summary 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.
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THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX. by Maggie O’Farrell. BUY NOW FROM That story unfolds primarily through a series of inner monologues. Esme enjoys rediscovering some memories but avoids others, while her sister Kitty, now institutionalized with Alzheimer’s, runs through old mistakes and excuses that still haunt her in her dementia.
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