The lady vanishes

21 01 2007

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell


4 star

I think this is a pretty darned good read. Esme, banged up since a teenager and existence denied by her family, suddenly re-emerges creating something of a shock for the next generation. The history of Esme’s disappearance (vanishing act no 1) and her capacity for enduring institutional life (via vanishing act no 2) are really rather movingly presented. O’Farrell writes terrifically well as ever and this really is a well-constructed and powerful book.

Noticed though in a recent interview the author’s critical comments of her time living in North Berwick but it doesn’t seem to stop her using it in her books, including here.


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