The Vanishing Act

The Vanishing Act

By Mette Jakobsen

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393345933, 218pp.

Publication Date: June 2013

On a small snow-covered island live twelve-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa, a priest, Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier Minou's mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned. Can her mother's mysterious disappearance be explained by the equally enigmatic appearance of a dead boy, washed up on the beach one year later? Unwilling to accept her mother's death, Minou embarks on an investigation that will teach her the truth about loss and love, in a story 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.