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The Magician's Assistant

The Magician's Assistant

(1997)
A novel by

 
Awards
Orange Prize for Fiction (nominee)
Third -- and breakthrough -- novel by an acclaimed American writer with an enchanting, quirky voice. The Magician's Assistant is at once a love story and a brilliant portrayal of reinvention about a magician who dies leaving his assistant/wife to discover he has lied about his past. A magician (with one memorable appearance on the Johnny Carson Show to his credit) takes the name Parsifal. He is gay. He has a Vietnamese lover, Phan. When Phan dies of AIDS, Parsifal marries the woman who has always adored him and who has lived with them both, his assistant Sabine. Then Parsifal himself dies in California, suddenly and shockingly, of an aneurysm. Parsifal always said that he had no living family and that he came from wealthy upscale Connecticut stock. The reality is very different, as Sabine learns from his lawyer. He came from a poor Nebraska family and they are very much alive. Indeed his mother and sister are on their way to California to meet Sabine, the daughter- and sister-in-law they know nothing about. It is bad that her husband has died. What Sabine must now cope with is coming to terms with his horrific past and the reason he divorced himself from his family and roots.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2009 : Hardback
Title: Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 1841150703 / 9781841150703 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 1998 : Hardback
Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 1857028139 / 9781857028133 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

September 1997 : Hardback
Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 0151002630 / 9780151002634 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

February 1999 : Paperback
Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 1857028155 / 9781857028157 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

September 1998 : Paperback
Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 0156006219 / 9780156006217 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon   Amazon UK   

May 1998 : Paperback
Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 1841150029 / 9781841150024 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

May 2008 : Audio CD
Title: The Magician's Assistant CD
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 0061438332 / 9780061438332 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2004 : Kindle edition
Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: B003WUYQ64
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   

 


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