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We don’t want to say much about this ebook by Ann Patchett because we want you to read it all unknowing — and experience the elegant way she unfolds the story. Patchett is an original and masterful storyteller, perceptive and honest, and a pleasure to read.
The Magician’s Assistant is a surprising and often funny story about loss, the power of family, and the magic of transformation. Sabine was stage assistant to the famous magician Parsifal for 22 years, and she recently became his wife, although the relationship was different from what that might suggest.
She had stayed in love with him for twenty-two years—let him saw her in half, helped him make her disappear—even when she found out that he was in love with men. “You don’t always get everything you want,” Sabine told her parents.
looking to find the love she’s lost
Now, Parsifal is dead, and Sabine finds that her love and grief bring her closer to people she never knew existed, people who also loved him and grieve for him. In a series of events she never could have envisioned, in places and with people who at first seem utterly alien to her, Sabine finds herself learning about the lies Parsifal told her, the past life he’d hidden, as she rediscovers the man she loved, and herself.
The narrative is Sabine’s interior world, which is strangely serene. She’s an appealing person to take this journey with — kind, responsible, smart, competent, good-humored, fair-minded, authentic, and always looking for what’s true, and magical.
There was a time not so long ago that Parsifal never would have told his dreams to Sabine, unless it was a ridiculous dream, like the time he told her he dreamed about going into the living room and finding Rabbit in the wingback chair, two hundred pounds and six feet tall, reading the newspaper through half-glasses. And maybe he hadn’t had that dream, maybe he only said it to be funny. But Phan’s death had made him sentimental, hopeful. He wanted to believe in a dream that told him death had been good to Phan, that he was not lost but in a place where Parsifal could find him later. A place with a pool and a bar.
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