jump to navigation

THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX By: Maggie O’Farrell March 4, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

      This is one of those novels a person pushes on another while trying not to say too much and risk spoiling the story, but has to nearly bite through their tongue to remain mute.

     Iris Lockhart,the owner of a vintage shop in Scotland learns that she has a great-aunt in an insane asylum that is closing its doors. Esme, the aunt, was institutionalized at age 16, and so Iris never knew about the woman who had been a patient (prisoner) for the past 61 years. Iris is now is faced with the dilemma of placing her aunt somewhere else or bringing her into her home and her life. Many surprises await as the story unfolds, and as you well know, the Lycan Librarian is not one to ruin the plot for potential readers, so will leave it at that. I will say that the reason for Esme’s institutionalization is infuriating, but is morbidly real, as such has been the fate of many women.

     Patrons who I never expected to like this book have raved about it to me, and fellow librarians are planning to use it for their book discussion groups. And there is a great deal to discuss! This is a selection that will not collect dust in the Moonlit Library, because word-of-mouth keeps it flying off the shelves.



No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: