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The Magician's Assistant

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The Magician's Assistant

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When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine--who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years--learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the adventure she embarks upon, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine's extraordinary tale captures the hearts of its readers just as Sabine is captured by her quest.

When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine--who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years--learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the adventure she embarks upon, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine's extraordinary tale captures the hearts of its readers just as Sabine is captured by her quest.

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  • Ann Patchett is the author of the novels Run (a New York Times Bestseller), The Patron Saint of Liars (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Taft (winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize), The Magician's Assistant (Guggenheim Fellowship), and Bel Canto (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), which has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her nonfiction book, Truth & Beauty, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the winner of a Books for a Better Life Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has written for many publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Harper's magazine, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and the Washington Post. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Karen Ziemba's voice enhances the magical qualities woven into this tale of love and loss. As with a magic trick, little in the story is as it appears. Magician's assistant Sabine adores the magician Parsifal. Even though he can't love her as she wants, he captivates her throughout his life--and beyond. After his death, Sabine must confront the disappearing act that dominated Parsifal's life. Ziemba voices objections by Sabine's Jewish mother with characteristic zing and gives a sharp, grating tone to dialogue spoken by Parsifal's family, hidden away in Nebraska. As mysterious experiences move Sabine from sorrow to acceptance and peace, Ziemba's narration carries the listener along. J.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
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