From the acclaimed novelist and The Believer editor HEIDI JULAVITS, a wildly imaginative and emotionally intense novel about mothers, daughters, and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another.
Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable, even by death?
Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment.
Julia retreats to a faceless job in Manhattan. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person—a controversial artist who might have a connection to her mother. As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues, everything she thought she knew of her mother is called into question, and she discovers that her ability to know the minds of others—including her own—goes far deeper than she ever imagined.
As powerful and gripping as all of Julavits's acclaimed novels, The Vanishers is a stunning meditation on grief, female rivalry, and the furious power of a daughter's love.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cindyb29 - LibraryThing
This was recommended to me, and I didn't like it at all in the beginning but kept reading it to see why it was recommended. It did get better as it went along, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Y2Ash - LibraryThing
This is a 3.67 star review. I can totally understand why other reviewers did not like Heidi Julavits' The Vanishers. A yound woman named Julia Severin, love that surmame, is studying at The Workshop ... Read full review