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Subject: Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox was excellent!
Date Posted: 10/20/2010 2:50 AM ET
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Has anyone read this one?  I ordered it on a whim.  I have to say it was one of the best books I've read in a long time.  I started it yesterday morning and I could not put it down until I finished it tonight.

It deals with some interesting themes such what happens when a person is born in strict environment and does not conform to societal and familial expectations.  It's the story of a young woman who is quite non-conforming who grows up in a family forever worried about it's image.  Parts of the story take place in the present and then the rest in the 1930s and 1940s.  In the present, a woman finds out she is legally responsible for a Great Aunt committed to a mental hospital many years ago--a Great Aunt she did not know existed.  The book then tells the Great Aunt's story through her eyes and the eyes of her older sister.

It is well written and a bit unsettling.  I found it thoroughly enjoyable.

Date Posted: 10/20/2010 5:11 PM ET
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Mel, I read Esme and loved it!  Last year, the book group that meets at my library asked me to start choosing their books for them (they had been choosing their own for a few years) and Esme was the first book I gave them to read.  Made me look all smart and great at picking out books.  ;D

I recently ordered another novel by the same author for my library, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.  I hope it's just as good!

Date Posted: 10/20/2010 10:41 PM ET
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Vicky, I read some of the reviews which were split 50/50. Mostly people complained that they got lost with the different voices.  But, I found it very easy to follow.  I liked seeing the story from the two sides.  I can't help but feel for Esme who no one ever really understood.

Did your library's book group enjoy it?

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 12:10 PM ET
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I loved this as well. What a twist at the end! The best part was I had bought this book out the bargain stacks before I ever heard of it on pbs so it was a cheapie for me!

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 2:25 PM ET
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It's on my TBR.  I may have to move it up a bit...

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 3:20 PM ET
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Adding it to my list! smiley

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 5:04 PM ET
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My book discussion group loved it, every single one of them.  It's been a while since they all agreed on a book!  wink  

I didn't have a problem with the different voices either; I thought it was very well done.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 5:44 PM ET
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I remember reading this one, but couldn't remember what I though about it....went searching on my blog, and I hated it.  LOL! 

A quote from my review

  I picked it up on a lazy sunday fully expecting to lose myself in it. Well, let's just say that that Sunday I rearranged my bookshelf, and washed a couple loads of laundry. It wasn't horrible by no means, I found one or two things to enjoy about it, but much more things I hated.
 

I now remember this book as the one that ended paragraphs in mid sentence.

I think it is 50/50 with people who loved and hated it.  I totally loved The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, and so many people hated it.  Go figure.  I also loved the The Thirteenth Tale.



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Date Posted: 10/21/2010 9:37 PM ET
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Melissa, I thought the paragraphs ending in mid-sentence made sense since the person telling that part of the story had Alzheimers.  She picks up where she left off, drift off into different parts of the story.  To me, it fit the state of her mind.

But, we all aren't going to like the same books.  Often it's just a matter of the writer's style.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 8:17 PM ET
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I read that one last year and really liked it, too.

Mary in KY

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 5:46 PM ET
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I started it but didn't finish it. I just couldn't get into it. But I must say, I am now very curious about the ending.
Date Posted: 10/25/2010 5:10 PM ET
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And, we won't tell you what the ending is.. :D

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 6:30 PM ET
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No, don't tell!  La la la la la la!  LOL

Thanks to this thread, I ordered it and just got it today!  Woot!

Date Posted: 10/30/2010 4:16 PM ET
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Same here- just ordered it!

Date Posted: 11/1/2010 9:50 PM ET
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This book is amazing.  It could be a quick read, but you don't want it to end.

Date Posted: 11/6/2010 12:26 PM ET
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I ordered it because of this thread too! Looks interesting, can't wait to read it!

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 4:31 PM ET
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Gee, the pressure is on now.  I hope you all won't be disappointed :D

It is a wonderful read.

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 10:29 AM ET
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Just got it in the other day- it's the next one on my TBR list- I almost don't want to read it b/c I'm afraid I won't like it and upset the masses smiley

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 8:25 PM ET
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I loved the book and had no problem understanding the voices. Even though it's been awhile since I read it, I still remember it and continue to be outraged by events that took place and the why of it all. Yep, the ending was a surprise.

Date Posted: 11/10/2010 8:45 PM ET
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WOW just started reading this book the other day, if the first 25-30 pages are any indication this is going to be a WONDERFUL book! yay- can't wait to continue reading it!

Date Posted: 11/13/2010 1:53 PM ET
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I ordered it too!  Thank you for the suggestion!  

Date Posted: 11/13/2010 2:15 PM ET
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WOW.  Just finished it- it was FANTASTIC.  I'm not even sure I'm going to re-post, this one may be a keeper! Thanks so much for suggesting it!  yes

Date Posted: 11/13/2010 11:03 PM ET
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Amy, I'm so glad you liked it.  I think the approach the author took was unique (the 3 voices) but it made the story seem very real.  By the end, I felt I knew Esme Lennox--or knew of her.

I'm always slightly reluctant to recommend a book I've loved because then it almost seems someone is bound to be disappointed.  LOL 

Date Posted: 11/14/2010 5:31 PM ET
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OMG! 

I started the book this morning and just finished it.  Probably have bruises on my forehead from walking into walls because I couldn't put it down.

Fantastic book!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Melody, for the suggestion.

Date Posted: 11/17/2010 7:13 AM ET
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I saw this mentioned in the book of the month thread and ordered it.  So glad it was available.  Will post back after I read it.

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