By Heidi Julavits
From the acclaimed novelist and The Believer editor HEIDI JULAVITS, a wildly innovative and emotionally severe novel approximately moms, daughters, and the psychic harm girls can inflict on one another.
Is the bond among mom and daughter unbreakable, even through death?
Julia Severn is a scholar at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the mythical Madame Ackermann, bothered via jealousy, refuses to go the torch to her younger disciple. as an alternative, she topics Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide while Julia was once an child. because the lock horns, and Julia profits energy, Madame Ackermann launches a determined psychic assault that leaves Julia the sufferer of a crippling ailment.
Julia retreats to a faceless activity in long island. yet others have famous Julia's rising presents, and shortly she's recruited to trace down an elusive lacking person—a arguable artist who may have a connection to her mom. As Julia sifts via ghosts and astral clues, every thing she notion she knew of her mom is named into query, and he or she discovers that her skill to grasp the minds of others—including her own—goes some distance deeper than she ever imagined.
As robust and gripping as all of Julavits's acclaimed novels, The Vanishers is a beautiful meditation on grief, girl competition, and the livid energy of a daughter's love.
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The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits