The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Iris’s grandmother Kitty always...more
Iris Lockhart doesn't want to bring a lady who may or may not be crazy into her house, but with her parents gone and her grandmother, Kitty, suffering from alzheimers disease, she hasn't got much family left and Aunt Esme throws everything Iris thinks she knows into question.
It's a compelling story told from a number of angles. The s...more
I don't think I'd have ever added this book if I paid lots of attention to the title or the cover. Both make me think of a frilly-froo-froo type read a...more
Although female "hysteria...more
The very nature of this novel makes it a hard one to do a review on without giving away the best parts of the book. As the story unfolds that surrounds Esme, Iris, and Kitty, the words and feelings have a way of touching the reader quite deeply. As I was making my way through this novel, there came a point where the story held me captive and pushed my emotions to the front, like nothing I've read in quite some time....more
Iris Lockhart starts getting phone calls one day from a mental institution named Cauldstone claiming that she is listed as the contact for one Esme Lennox - the sister of Iris' grandmother, Katherine (Kitty). Iris insists there must be a mistake, because Katherine never, ever mentioned having a sister. The paperwork proves it, however, and Iris is pretty much forced to take in this old woman who h...more
it took me a while to get into it because it's told from different peoples points of view- one being a schizophrenic twelve year old, one a 70 year old with alzheimers, and a 20 something year old.
basically the jest is that iris, the 20something gets a call saying that she needs to pick up her aunt from a psychiatric hospital which is closing down. iris has no knowledge of this aunt and doesnt...more
Interesting, intriguing, sad, suspenseful, shocking are some of the words I would use to describe this book...and the best part is that it all came perfectly together at the end. Definitely going to look into reading more by this author!
In the meantime, there i...more
The story is obviously moving, this was never going to be a big surprise. I even knew the ending [due to an over-zealous review and accompanying feature when the hardback first came out] but this didn't spoil my enjoyment in anyway.
The unfinished sentences should get irritating but they just don't, they just make you more unable to put the book dow...more
This book reminds us just how many things in our lives we take for granted. This was a fascinating novel and I highly recommend it.
O'Farrell's novel centers around Iris, a vintage shop owner, who receives a call from a mental institution regarding her great-aunt Esme. The institution is closing down and Esme, a patient for over sixty years, is about to be put in a home. I...more
Accedo poco a poco al de Esme, la mayor, perdida en la oscuridad, condenada de por vida a la reclusión. Fue libre en la India e intentó mantener su voluntad en Escocia. No lo consiguió. Y todo por no ajustarse al orden de los convencionalismos en los años treinta.
Entro en la memoria fragmentada de Kitty, su hermana, quien sí se acomodaba a la perfección a los cánones y no...more
In our modern age of full disclosure, transparency, equal rights for women and closure of institutionalized care for people wi...more
When the story opens, Esme and her sister Kitty are British citizens living in the colonies in India during Victorian times. After a string of losses in childbirth, their mother, unable to cope, arranges for the family to return to their home in Scotland. Kitty and Esme have...more
In the middle of an average work day, Iris Lockhart receives a phone call that changes her life forever. She is informed that Esme Lennox, a great aunt she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital--a mental institute where she's been locked up for sixty-one years, five months and four days. Iris is shocked. Her grandmother always claimed to be an only child. If Iris claims Esme and takes her into her home, what other secrets will Esme reveal?
There is a wavery kind of parallel in the stories of Iris, the young main character, and the older woman, Esme. Is Iris, who is two generations removed from Esme, the per...more