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The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
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Sep 30, 2012

it was amazing
Read on September 16, 2012

Weird and wonderful. I was put off at first by an over the top recommendation on the back cover by Erin Morgenstern the author of Night Circus, who blithered on about never being the same after reading this novel. And then it turned out to be true for me, too. It's everything: the island that is so tiny yet has a church and a bell tower, talking to the dead boy in the spare room while he waits for the delivery boat, the dog in his cardigan, the shoe funeral, the wonderful metaphor of cakes not turning out, Descartes' family tree, being assigned an office so small you have to leave your briefcase outside the door....such a good book and so beautifully, sadly, humorously written. Highly recommended.
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