The Magician's Assistant

The Magician's Assistant

by Ann Patchett
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The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett

Sabine-- twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband-- is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547548791
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/17/2004
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 29,620
File size: 489 KB

About the Author

ANN PATCHETT is the author of six novels, including Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She has written for the Atlantic, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, the Washington Post, and others.


Nashville, Tennessee

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1963

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1985; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1987

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The Magician's Assistant 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
ChristyB-V More than 1 year ago
The Nook version of this title was absolutely FILLED with typos. It was absolutely ridiculous. Some of the typos were humorous (eg, "feces" instead of "faces"), but some were so egregious that I absolutely couldn't figure out what the word was supposed to be. I don't know if the print versions of this title are the same, but just beware if you purchase the Nook version. It's completely distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying the story; however, I cannot believe the plethora of spelling and editorial mistakes in the ebook edition. It is a real shame that it is so easy nowadays to let things slide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typos distract the reader. Barnes and Noble should correct this or give a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! Tons of typos in the Nook version. It's distracting.
english_teacher_39yrs More than 1 year ago
Hey, B and N!! I haven't read this....and it does look good, but probably won't because of the typos. I'm a retired English writing teacher who also has edited friends' books. If you'd like me to edit Nook books for you, I'd be delighted to do that! Please let me know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best. B and N does hugh diservice (sp) To their customers by bad e book pagenation and editing.
GrandmaLee More than 1 year ago
I know Ms Patchett is a favorite of many, however I feel she just takes too long to get to the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but thought it could have explored a lot more in order to make it a deeper, richer read.
Patty Ableman More than 1 year ago
Great story. What I would expect from this terrific author. The ending left me scratching my head ... there was build-up to something thrilling ... but the end was flat and dissapointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading this book, I felt like I was reading poetry. The writing is very lyrical. The characters are unsettling in how they present themselves. You almost want to say to Sabine, get out of your "funk" and move on. I suppose that is what Parcifal's mother does by inviting Sabine to visit in Nebraska. Sabine finds out that Parcifal is really Guy and had a very different life from what he told her. Lots of lies but somehow you still like Parsifal. He was a victim of his environment and family. However, he still loved his family. The sisters are interesting. Parsifal/Guy's mother really is the stabilizer in the family. Sabine learns about herself and her relationship with Parsifal. The family brings her back to reality. The ending is somewhat abrupt but you feel that something good will come to help this family. Good book for a book club. Lots of interesting things to discuss and think about. Thought it was interesting that Johnnie Carson is mentioned in the book and that he had also been a magician and from Nebraska.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is teh story of a womans search for information about her dead husbands is captivating and deep, without being depressing. It questions concepts about life, love, and how well you can really know someone. An excellent book!
ksei More than 1 year ago
I love Ann Patchett, especially after reading State of Wonder. My hopes were obviously way too high, the ending was just blah. I felt bad for Sabine actually, the only good parts in the book, was when she was dreaming. Also the nook version did have many typos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Magician's Assistant is a story of deep love, faith in one's path, and the mystical surprise in the commonest of places. This story of Sabine, and her loss of Parsifal the Magician, even with their non-traditional relationship, brings back every moment that I've ever tried to fold myself into a box so that the star can slice a sword through me. Through Sabine's eyes, I now see the perfect illusion that I've helped create, and it is perfectly OK to let the spotlight shine on those we love. The path Sabine chose in her grief allowed many others to display their gifts and begin to believe in magic after all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with great detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely story that I greatly enjoyed but you lose one point for all the typos. Did enjoy the 20 foot feces. That was funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. Didn't want to put down my nook and was sad when I finished it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stayed up all night reading this book. It is one of the better books I've read in quite a while. Mr. Eugenides's characters became very real to me. I particularly enjoyed Sabine's relationship with Phan, as she came to understand him after death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I adore this book! It is a wonderful story of a woman who defined herself by someone else and now needs to find her own idenitiy. The reader gets to follow her through her adventures as she struggles to find something to hold onto. It's one to read over and over and over....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A decent read.
Tarpon_Springs_Bob More than 1 year ago
This is an unbelievably poor book. The plot is almost nonexistent. There are loose ends all over the place, and overall a dull, boring read. I kept reading because I thought that it had to be going somewhere, but it never went anywhere. It was portrayed as a mystery, but there was nothing mysterious about it. Dreams are intermingled with reality throughout. A total waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avowed fan of her books, this is one of my favorites. The complexities of love drive this wonderful story. The characters are unforgettable as is this story. Don't miss it.
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