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"Patchett's ability to evoke sense of place . . . is near magical in itself." -- Publishers Weekly

"The kindliness of The Magician's Assistant is beguiling, and Patchett is an adroit, graceful writer. . . she is especially practiced at the razzle-dazzle of odd juxtapositions." -- Suzanne Berne, The New York Times Book Review

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" Her finest novel . . . Patchett's lush and suspenseful story is also a portrait of America, which-- with its big dreams, vast spaces, and disparate realities lying side by side-- proves to be the perfect place for miraculous transformations, including Sabine's own."--The New Yorker

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 adventure she embarks upon, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine's extraordinary tale will capture the hearts of its readers just as Sabine is captured by her quest.

"Enchanting . . . Ann Patchett is the real thing."--San Francisco Chronicle

Ann Patchett is the author of Bel Canto, Taft, and The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has written for many publications, including Elle, GQ, the Paris Review, and Vogue. She lives in Tennessee.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harcourt Brace; 1st edition (September 17, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 357 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0156006219
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0156006217
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.95 x 8 inches
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Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, including Bel Canto, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She writes for the New York Times Magazine, Elle, GQ, the Financial Times, the Paris Review and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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