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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell This was one of the best books I read this year. I know I can be pretty free with the 5 star ratings, but of the 108 books I've read so far this year, this is in the top 5.

This is the haunting account of Esme Lennox who was institutionalized at the age of 16, left and forgotten for 60 years.

It is told from 3 perspectives - Iris, the young woman who has just found herself responsible for a "mad" relative she didn't know existed; Esme, who finds herself out in the world after being locked up for most of her life (while we get her memories about her past); and the disjointed memories of Kitty, Esme's sister who has Alzheimer's.

This book, quite simply, saddened me. It was beautifully written, but Esme's story and the fragmented sentences of Kitty's memories were heartbreaking. Everything came together perfectly and the ending, while a bit ambiguous, left me with an unsettled feeling that meshed perfectly with the sadness.