The Magician’s Assistant

The Magician's Assistant book coverSet in Los Angeles, The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett is the complex tale of a magician’s assistant named Sabine and her relationship with a successful illusionist named Parsifal.  Not only was Sabine Parsifal’s assistant, but she was also his wife.  After his death she is drawn to his childhood home in Nebraska and the family she never knew he had.  As she learns more about Parsifal’s childhood, other aspects of his life become clearer to her, and her grief slowly begins to lessen, yet unresolved conflicts and bizarre family secrets cause Sabine to question both the nature and the value of love.