The Magician's Assistant

The Magician's Assistant

eBook - 1998
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Sabine—twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband—is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.

A reissue of Ann Patchett's third novel, about a magician who dies leaving his wife to discover a lifetime of secrets he kept from her

Baker & Taylor
After the death of Parsifal, a homosexual magician, his female assistant and wife journeys from Los Angeles to Nebraska in search of the man's hidden past and discovers his estranged family, as well as the love she has always been denied. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt, 1998, c1997
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
ISBN: 9780547548791
Characteristics: 1 online resource (357 p.)


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Jan 23, 2018

Have to admit that I found it somewhat tedious until about the last 100 pages. Still was mostly enjoyable; the dream sequences could have been shorter or not included as I didn't believe they added much to the story itself.

archreads Aug 29, 2017

A literary page-turner with compelling characters and a very unusual story.

May 17, 2016

Ann Patchett is a compelling authoress

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

An early work by the author of the prize-winning Bel Canto. Patchett writes with grace, pathos and the ability to weave a compelling and unusual story. Sabine has spent a lifetime loving and assisting the great magician Parsifal. As a gay man Parsifal could only return the love as a friend; but, after his partner Phan dies, he marries Sabine to prove his strong commitment to their relationship. When Parsifal dies a few months later, Sabine discovers Parsifal's hidden past and soon finds herself taken in by his long forgotten family. The healing process for all of them begins during a cold and blustery Nebraska winter.

Feb 07, 2014

Big-hearted with just enough surprises.

janetplanet Apr 13, 2013

To tls 505 - Sometimes Bibliocommons inserts a review of the audio book in the record for the book - obviously an error, but it happens fairly often. Karen Ziemba must be the reader of the audio book.

sharonb122 Sep 18, 2012

A rather strange book. Though it was interesting and kept me reading, there were parts I felt could have been shorter; such as long descriptions of the dreams. A good examination of definitions of family.

Jun 11, 2012

Ann Patchett's books are always wonderful, and this one is no exception. I simply could not put it down. The writing is so excellent, and the characters so finely dilineated, it is pure pleasure to experience.

Feb 23, 2012

What's with the Publishers Weekly review? Who's Karen Ziemba? And Parcifal doesn't die from AIDS and even if he did, that's such a non-issue in this book. The real issues in this story are about love and loss and discovery and learning how to move forward. It's an interesting book, well written and mysterious.

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