The Vanishing Act

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The Vanishing Act

By Mette Jakobsen

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393062922, 218pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2012

One morning Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother's disappearance be explained by the boy? Will Boxman be able to help find her? Minou, unwilling to accept her mother's death, attempts to find the truth through Descartes philosophy. Over the course of her investigation Minou will discover the truth about loss and love, a truth thatThe Vanishing Act conveys in a voice that is uniquely enchanting.

About the Author
METTE JAKOBSEN was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1964 but now lives in Newtown, in Sydney, Australia. She has a PhD in creative writing and a BA in philosophy. In 2004, she graduated from NIDA s Playwrights Studio, and several of her plays have been broadcast on ABC national radio. The Vanishing Act is her first novel.

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