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FREE READ The Vanishers

FREE READ The Vanishers 107 ç Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable even by death Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics Her mentor the legendary Madame Ackermann afflicted by jealousy refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple Instead she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was aY to know the minds of others including her own goes far deeper than she ever imagined   As powerful and gripping as all of Julavits's acclaimed novels The Vanishers is a stunning meditation on grief female rivalry and the furious power of a daughter's loveFrom the acclaimed novelist HEIDI JULAVITS a wildly imaginative and emotionally intense novel about mothers daughters and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another. Struggling with this one Some lovely prose and an inventive idea for a plot but if I step away for than ten minutes I can't remember who is doing what and why we care

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Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable even by death Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics Her mentor the legendary Madame Ackermann afflicted by jealousy refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple Instead she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant As the two lock horns and Julia gains power Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psych. Well this was just riveting A lush pell mell rush of a book filled with exuisite language that just tugs and tugs you forth The kind of book you invent excuses to read—just one cigarette just twenty minutes abed before turning off the light taking the local train instead of the express for uninterrupted reading time I almost want to read it again right away just to fill in all the gaps clearly I admit I am very surprised to have been so captivated and enad I read The Effects of Living Backwards a year or so ago and was defeated by its twists and feints and overwrittenness I found Heidi ultimately too smart for her own good the book too ambitious or perhaps myself too casual of a reader to really catch all the subtleties and put all the pieces together And yet Heidi is the editor of The Believer and I got this book in a proof for 2 and I am largely happy to trust my reading choices to the whims of fate—what I find on the street what I score for cheap at a used book shop And so here we are The Vanishers is in some ways a scaled back version of Living Backwards It is definitely twisty constantly circling back on itself and filled with uick reveals that you miss if you're an uncareful reader which I am But it's much manageable with a smallish cast of sharply memorable characters and the pacing is or less perfect—just enough time spent on atmospherics vs dialogue vs philosophizing vs plot It's hard to talk clearly about it without spoilering but this is a story about psychics the academic kind not the cliché kind who read palms on a street corner for five bucks It's a story about dead mothers and toxic friends and feminism and suicide and porn art films It takes place in many places calm rural New England fast frantic NYC recovery sanitarium spas in Sweeden It's about astral projections and psychic wolves but also about clawed necklaces and sinkholes and paparazzi and betrayals and menacing Barcelona chairs It's filled with gaspably perfect descriptions tossed off with a casualness that's difficult to believe It's just absolutely stunning

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The VanishersIc attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailmentJulia retreats to a faceless job in Manhattan But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person a controversial artist who might have a connection to her mother As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues everything she thought she knew of her mother is called into uestion and she discovers that her abilit. There's a lot that I really liked and admired about this book most notably its originality imaginative prose and pitch perfect humor The first section of the book blew me away—I was so excited to read the rest And then I did That's when I felt increasingly stupid for feeling so lost as to what was going on I knew enough to understand that the protagonist Julia a gifted psychic was experiencing events that blurred the edges of time and place and real vs imaginary I don't mind having to work to understand a non linearunconventional story And yet if one has to work too hard just to figure out where one is in the story and who's whoand if one of the protagonist's big a ha moment leaves readers like me scratching their heads then something isn't entirely working I think there was a deeper story to be told that got muddied by a few too many bizarre characters A little bit simplicity in the story would have enhanced its overall impactThe writing style though was superb and I will look to read another book by Julavits again