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The Magician's Assistant

(1997)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (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

February 1998 : UK Hardback

Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 1-85702-813-9 / 978-1-85702-813-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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October 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 0-15-100263-0 / 978-0-15-100263-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

December 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 1-85702-815-5 / 978-1-85702-815-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd
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September 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 0-15-600621-9 / 978-0-15-600621-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt Brace
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May 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 1-84115-002-9 / 978-1-84115-002-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Audio Editions

May 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Magician's Assistant CD
Author(s): Ann Patchett
ISBN: 0-06-143833-2 / 978-0-06-143833-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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May 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
Publisher: HarperAudio
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May 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

September 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Magician's Assistant
Author(s): Ann Patchett
Publisher: Mariner Books
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