The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
Sometimes, I am shocked to see the prices of book. Some are way too expensive, hardly worth the almost $30 they charge for them. Some, though, are so inexpensive it is a shame. This is the case for this book, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. I went to BN.com today on the prowl for a new book to consume and saw this on the front page under specials or discounts or something. I clicked on it and it is on sale for $1.99!!!! OMG! That is insane! This is such an amazing book.
This book is wonderful! The characters are realistic, likeable and easy to relate and empathise with. The story is interesting and complex, touching upon societal ills while telling the story about one woman and her familial history. Iris, the opening character, is called to help a great aunt she didn’t know she had who was soon to be released from a mental institution. You are taken on a journey of exploration into the history of this family, how Esme (Euphemia) lived outside societal expectations and how society dealt with her in response. She dared to do as she pleased but at what cost? This is a timeless message, isn’t it? We all must choose what is important to us and there is always a price to pay. Together, Iris and Esme, learn how to be exactly who they want to be while getting to know one another. It is a story of the trials, errors and triumph of spirited women.
This book was engaging, thought provoking and simply a delight to read! I would recommend it to anyone! It is definitely well-worth the read. Incidentally, it also introduced me to an excellent author, Maggie O’Farrell. If you have not read anything by this author… STOP READING and GO! GO GET SOMETHING BY HER! She writes in a way that makes you yearn for more. =)