The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (Paperback)Maggie O'Farrell (author)
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From the Costa Award winning, bestselling author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and I AM, I AM, I AM, comes an intense, breathtakingly accomplished story of a woman's life stolen, and reclaimed.
'Unputdownable' Ali Smith
Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done.
Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released.
Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris's questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family's history?
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 271 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 22 mm
O'Farrell's subtlety and delicate touch have never been so finely demonstrated * Independent on Sunday *
Mesmerisingly good * Daily Mail *
O'Farrell's story-telling skills ensure that this novel is compulsively readable, and delivers strong emotional punch * Telegraph *
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