Magician's Assistant

Paperback | September 15, 1998

byAnn Patchett

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A secretive magician's death becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey self-discovery in this 'enchanting' book ( San Francisco Chronicle ) 'that is something of a magic trick in itself' (Newsweek). 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 journey she takes, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine's extraordinary tale, 'with its big dreams, vast spaces, and disparate realities lying side by side' captures the hearts of its readers and 'proves to be the perfect place for miraculous transformations' ( The New Yorker ). " "

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The national bestseller--now in paperback. When the magician Parsifal dies, his assistant, Sabine, who was also for only the last few months of his life married to Parsifal, must sort out the emotional baggage she inherits.s

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A secretive magician's death becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey self-discovery in this 'enchanting' book ( San Francisco Chronicle ) 'that is something of a magic trick in itself' (Newsweek). When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine-who was also his faithful assistant for ...

ANN PATCHETT is the author of six novels, including Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize . She has written for the Atlantic, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, the Washington Post , and others .

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.06 × 7.63 × 0.9 inPublished:September 15, 1998Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156006219

ISBN - 13:9780156006217

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The national bestseller--now in paperback. When the magician Parsifal dies, his assistant, Sabine, who was also for only the last few months of his life married to Parsifal, must sort out the emotional baggage she inherits.s

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Patchett's third novel is something of a magic trick itself -- a 90s love story wrought with the same grace and classic charm of a 19th-century novel...We read Patchett's novel with the same pleasure and awe of an audience watching a chained Houdini escape from an underwater chamber.