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Publisher Comments:

When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine—who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years—learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the adventure she embarks upon, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her. Sabine's extraordinary tale captures the hearts of its readers just as Sabine is captured by her quest.

Review:

"After working as his assistant for more than 20 years, Sabine marries her beloved boss, Parcifal, knowing that he's gay and has just lost his lover. What she doesn't find out until after his death from AIDS is that Parcifal was actually Guy Fettera from Alliance, Neb., and had a family he never spoke about. Karen Ziemba creates an appropriately light tone for the narrator, despite some dark events that Sabine discovers when she visits Parcifal's sweet, dysfunctional family. She crafts clear, flat Midwest accents for the magician's mother and sisters and her pace and annunciation are excellent. Ziemba's men all sound alike, but they play minimal roles. She is an experienced and professional reader with just the right stuff for Patchett's 1997 novel, which probes the complex motives of Parcifal and his assistant. A Harcourt paperback (Reviews, July 14, 1997)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of five novels, including Bel Canto(winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize), and the bestselling nonfiction book, Truth & Beauty. She has written for The Atlantic, Harper's, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and the Washington Post. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061438332
Subtitle:
The Magician's Assistant CD
Publisher:
HarperAudio
Read by:
Ziemba, Karen
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Tbd
Read:
Ziemba, Karen
Author:
Patchett, Ann
Author:
Ziemba, Karen
Author:
by Ann Patchett
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Bereavement
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Audio
Publication Date:
20080513
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
9.75 x 8 in 41.60 oz
Media Run Time:
600

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Product details pages HarperAudio - English 9780061438332 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After working as his assistant for more than 20 years, Sabine marries her beloved boss, Parcifal, knowing that he's gay and has just lost his lover. What she doesn't find out until after his death from AIDS is that Parcifal was actually Guy Fettera from Alliance, Neb., and had a family he never spoke about. Karen Ziemba creates an appropriately light tone for the narrator, despite some dark events that Sabine discovers when she visits Parcifal's sweet, dysfunctional family. She crafts clear, flat Midwest accents for the magician's mother and sisters and her pace and annunciation are excellent. Ziemba's men all sound alike, but they play minimal roles. She is an experienced and professional reader with just the right stuff for Patchett's 1997 novel, which probes the complex motives of Parcifal and his assistant. A Harcourt paperback (Reviews, July 14, 1997)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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