The Illusionist (Paperback)
Scribner Book Company, 9780684848198, 256pp.
Publication Date: March 10, 1999
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Praise For The Illusionist…
Beautifully written. With this haunting book, Smith tells a wonderful tale and raises provocative questions.
Mesmerizing, erotic suspense.
All Things Considered
A powerful novel about sexual desire and social disorder.
The New York Times Book Review
A skillfully written novel. And its greatest strength is the sensitivity with which Smith explores the complexities of love.
Smoke-and-mirrors prose that would dazzle Houdini...Smith has written a truly chilling winter's tale.
The Washington Post
Dinitia Smith has taken this "true" story and given its characters introspection and sad dignity.
The Hartford Courant
[Smith] nails the fading ambience of a town that has lost its reason for being. And she shows poignantly why...women will seek and sustain the illusion of love.
NPR Fresh Air
[A] quicksilver novel in which nothing, not even sexual identity, is unwavering...Smith has stripped away an even greater illusion: that human sexuality is straightforward and fathomable, normative and neat.
The Illusionist is a terrifying story of the ways good people can follow their most generous instincts straight into tragedy. Dinitia Smith's novel makes the bizarre plausible while it heightens the ordinary. I was caught in its web, beguiled from first page to last.
A haunting, heartbreaking, utterly unforgettable novel. What an overwhelming accomplishment of the imagination!