The Magician’s Assistant

The Magician’s Assistant

Ann Patchett

Shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Fiction.

From the bestselling author of The Dutch House, Commonwealth and Bel Canto, Winner of The Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Pen/Faulkner Award.

Sabine – twenty years a magician’s assistant to her handsome, charming husband – is suddenly a widow.

In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well.

Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine’s life and set her on an adventure of unravelling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.

Reviews of The Magician’s Assistant

    • ‘Original, sparkling, funny and sad – a book you read in one gulp and want to revisit immediately’ Penelope Lively, Daily Telegraph
    • ‘A delicate exploration of impossible love and new-found friendship’ Guardian
    • ‘The kindliness of The Magician’s Assistant is beguiling, and Patchett is an adroit, graceful writer’ Suzanne Berne, New York Times Book Review