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The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
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Jun 22, 2008

really liked it
Read in July, 2008

Maybe Nebraska has some magic. When Sabine's husband, the magician Parsifal, dies, she discovers his unknown family is living in Alliance, Nebraska. Parsifal had told Sabine, his assistant of twenty-two years, that his family was all dead, in Connecticut. Sabine begins a delicate dance, telling his family about him, while they tell her about him. Set in both L.A. and Nebraska, dream sequences take place in both, interweaving with memories of the past. There are shocks and surprises, like any good magic show, with some secrets kept hidden. Patchett does a phenomenal job of creating another fully realized world with fully realized characters.

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Lisle The whole thin got in my dreams a bit. After Bel Canto...wait, have you read that???

Lisle Yes. It was my first Patchett, and so far my favorite. Hope you have a chance to enjoy it some time.

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