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The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
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Apr 24, 2008

really liked it
Read in November, 2008

Despite feeling like the ending was a bit of an anticlimax, I thought this was a beautiful and tender book. The main character, Sabine, is very likable but difficult to get to know--both for other characters, and for the reader. So while she does have wonderful, real love in her life, she is also profoundly lonely, especially after losing her husband/best friend. Her grief leads her down a road she never imagined, to unlikely friendships, and that was more than enough for me. I love how Patchett's characters are layered--you may feel you have them "pegged" for a bit, but just as in life it's never that simple. The journey itself was so nicely done that how it all ended wasn't as important to me.
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