Monday, March 31, 2008
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
O'Farrell, Maggie. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. A very short and quick read about a woman who has been locked away in mental facility for over 60 years. There is a kind of "Rapunzel quality" to this story...although the wicked witch is a three-fold combination.
Iris Lockhart is notified that her great-aunt is about to be released from Cauldstone Hospital, but Iris is not aware that her grandmother even had a sister. She finally visits and meets Esme Lennox and finds her self unwillingly drawn in, curious about how Esme could have been so effectively erased from family history, and strangely connected to this woman who has spent the majority of life locked away.
Hard to put down, O'Farrell leads us through Esme's memories and her sister Kitty's Alzheimer-induced ramblings to reveal how Esme's incarceration came about. In addition, we ramble through Iris' rather confused life and private problems.
Fiction. Mystery/ modern gothic?. 2006. 245 pages.