The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Maggie O’Farrell

Anne Flosnik (Narrator)

01-01-06

7hrs 19min

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01-01-06

7hrs 19min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Literary

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“Anne Flosnik does an excellent job with a story that shifts time periods and is told in a range of voices…Once begun, it’s hard to turn this book off. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Books of the Year Pick
AWall Street Journal bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection
AnAudie Award Finalist
See All +

Iris Lockhart is busy tending to the everyday business of her vintage clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment when she receives a stunning phone call. Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never even knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital—where she has been locked away for over sixty years.Iris’ grandmother, Kitty, always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s face.

Esme has been labeled harmless, sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But Esme is still a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit?

Weaving Esme’s tragic story together with Iris’ modern dilemmas, O’Farrell’s gothic, intricate, cross-generational tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the complex longings of women will haunt listeners long past its final page.

Praise

“Anne Flosnik does an excellent job with a story that shifts time periods and is told in a range of voices…Once begun, it’s hard to turn this book off. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

“O’Farrell is a very visual writer, creating dead-on images…This talent serves her well at the novel’s startling and darkly rewarding finale.” New York Times

“The novel is brilliant in every way…Maggie O’Farrell has written a taut, fragile mystery of relationships and deception.” Literary Review

“Radiates the kind of energy that marks a classic…Think Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Charlotte Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ or Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, stories that illuminate the suffering quietly endured by women in polite society…It’s a breathtaking, heart-breaking creation…[a] fierce, engrossing novel.” Washington Post Book World

“Thoughtful, warm, elegantly written and totally shocking…a fantastic read, a real page-turner.” Daily Express

“An intricate, eloquent novel of family malice, longings, and betrayal….O’Farrell maintains a high level of tension throughout, and the conclusion is devastating.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] finely wrought family exposé…the psychological suspense along the way should satisfy those looking for both strong plot and characterization.” Library Journal

“O’Farrell’s fourth novel brilliantly illustrates her talent for gradually revealing her character’s inner lives...A gripping read with superbly crafted scenes that will blaze in the reader’s memory long after the novel is returned to the shelf.” Booklist

“This slow-building, impressionistic work amply rewards dedicated readers with a moving human drama.” Kirkus Reviews

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Language English
Release Day Dec 31, 2005
Release Date January 1, 2006
Release Date Machine 1136073600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Family Life, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Author Bio
Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is the author of several novels, including her debut novel, After You’d Gone, which won a Betty Trask Award; The Distance between US, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; and The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of the Costa Novel Award. She has worked as the deputy literary editor of the London Independent on Sunday.

Narrator Bio
Anne Flosnik

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.

Overview

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Books of the Year Pick
AWall Street Journal bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection
AnAudie Award Finalist
See All +

Iris Lockhart is busy tending to the everyday business of her vintage clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment when she receives a stunning phone call. Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never even knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital—where she has been locked away for over sixty years.Iris’ grandmother, Kitty, always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s face.

Esme has been labeled harmless, sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But Esme is still a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit?

Weaving Esme’s tragic story together with Iris’ modern dilemmas, O’Farrell’s gothic, intricate, cross-generational tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the complex longings of women will haunt listeners long past its final page.

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