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by Heidi Julavits

Free eBook The Vanishers download ISBN: 0385523815
Author: Heidi Julavits
Publisher: Doubleday; 1ST edition (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 284
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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Rating: 4.1
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She has been published in The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2, Esquire, Culture+Travel, Story, Zoetrope All-Story, and McSweeney’s. 2, Esquire, Culture+Travel, Story, Zoetrope All-Story, and McSweeney’s Quarterly. Her novels include The Mineral Palace (2000), The Effect of Living Backwards (2003), The Uses of Enchantment (2006), and The Vanishers (2012). She is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University

The vanishers, by Heidi Julavits. 1st ed. p. cm. 1. Women psychics-Fiction

The vanishers, by Heidi Julavits. Women psychics-Fiction. 2. Children of suicide. 3. Missing persons-Fiction.

Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable, even by death? Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple

Regrettably, The Vanishers becomes a victim of its own dizzying coincidences.

Regrettably, The Vanishers becomes a victim of its own dizzying coincidences. Toward the end of the book Julia assumes a kind of emotional kinship with Plath’s orphaned children, who must know the sad ways that a mother’s love can be amplified or reduced to acts both monumentally considerate and monumentally selfish.

In late afternoon on November 7, 1985, sixteen-year-old Mary Veal was abducted after field hockey practice at her all-girls New England prep school. Here, Heidi Julavits has crafted a novel that is as ambitious as it is strange. After angering her jealous mentor, Julia, an up-and-coming psychic, is exiled from the Institute of Integrated Parapsychology, an elite psychic academy dubbed the Workshop.

Protect yourself by scare-quoting me as the so-called psychic, the so-called victim of a psychic attack. it. What happened to me could. What happened to me could never happen to yo. ell yourself that. Even though what happened to me happens to people like you all the time. In the beginning, an attack can look just like regular life. You wake to discover eyelashes on your pillow, bruises on your skin where you’ve never been touched. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant

From the acclaimed novelist and The Believer editor HEIDI JULAVITS, a wildly imaginative and emotionally intense novel about mothers, daughters, and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another. Is the bond between mother and daughter unbreakable, even by death?     Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment.     Julia retreats to a faceless job in Manhattan. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person—a controversial artist who might have a connection to her mother. As Julia sifts through ghosts and astral clues, everything she thought she knew of her mother is called into question, and she discovers that her ability to know the minds of others—including her own—goes far deeper than she ever imagined.      As powerful and gripping as all of Julavits's acclaimed novels, The Vanishers is a stunning meditation on grief, female rivalry, and the furious power of a daughter's love.
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Agrainel
This is another one of THOSE books where the book jacket description is much better than the book. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I finished solely for the purpose of learning the outcome of the characters. The book is all over the place. The characters are all over the place. You have to pay very close attention to determine if a particular character is alive or dead and the book is not good enough to make you want to pay close enough attention. The relationship between the main character and her father is disjointed - they never manage to say to each other what needs to be said, and by that I mean, they need to speak to each other so the READER will understand what the heck is going on. The dialog between the main character and most of the other characters is disjointed - everyone speaks in these vague, rambling sentences with multiple meanings and sometimes you learn the meanings and sometimes you don't – the constant implying and inferring leaves you with not nearly enough answers. There was no closure provided for several characters - their stories just trailed off into nothingness. You are left wondering WHO actually psychically attacked the main character: her professor, her mother, or herself.
Rainpick
Heidi Julavits is one of my favorite authors. Yet when her new novel, The Vanishers, was released, I waited 8 months to begin reading it. Why? Because Julavits loves to f*** with her readers, and I didn't want to start the book until I was in the proper mood to be f***ed with.

In October, I had lots of fun visiting some haunted houses with my friends, and I was sad when Halloween was over. I loved the rush of adrenaline at not knowing what's around each turn, not knowing who to trust, not knowing when that statue will turn out to be alive or when a monster will emerge from a dark corner, but knowing that it's all in good fun and I'm not in any real danger. So it was in that frame of mind that I began reading The Vanishers.

The Vanishers delivers. Madame Ackermann looks just like Julia's mother ... Dominique Varga may or may not have had a daughter ... Alwyn tells the psychiatrist a different story than Julia does, and the psychiatrist belives Alwyn ... Julia sees people no one else can.

And of course, Julia is a desperately unreliable narrator, telling stories that directly contradict what other characters seem to be experiencing. Why does everyone else think Julia is crazy, or wrong, or gifted, when Julia herself doesn't? Who is right and who is wrong?

In the story, Julia falls further and further from grace: from cryptographer to archivist to working class citizen to treatment facility to an assortment of treatment facilities with increasingly strict lockdown rules. She appears to fall all the way into the depths of insanity ... and then is restored to dignity - or is she? The ending completely f***s with you because you have no idea what or who to believe, because Julia's credibility has been completely stripped from her. The book is a bumpy ride, and god did I love coming along for the trip!
Weetont
This isn't the typical novel I go for, and that being said, I found that I really enjoyed this book much to my surprise!
This is very clean, concise storytelling, but that does not mean this story is flat or boring.
On the contrary!

This is a fantastical trip into a bizarre world made to feel completely plausible and absolutely real. I found myself ever more curious as I fell further down the rabbit hole of The Vanishers! It was an absolute delight to read and I finished the book with a complete sense of wonder and can remember just thinking how intense and just great that reading experience just was!
And that is exactly what you want from a book! A new world, a sense of curiosity, the fantastical seeming plausible, and characters that you think you understand and on some level can imagine might actually exist somewhere.

I was really taken aback by how good this was. It's a great read if you want to spend a little time shaking up your perception of things and tumbling down a truly suspenseful and pretty mind blowing road.

Give it a chance, if absolutely nothing else it's unlike anything else out there and is absolutely unforgettable!
Haal
The plot is well described in other reviews, so I want to describe how/why I found this book very interesting.

Mainly, I appreciated the author's intelligent writing and creative storyline. There is some quality in certain books; a kind of a being here and now and capturing a part of society that usually slips by under the radar. Heidi Julavits is able to capture that elusive quality in this book.

The Vanishers drew me in right away with the descriptions of psychic attack. Ever have a time when eyelashes fall out, skin rashes appear, allergies flare up, or worse? And do these events just happen to coincide with intruding thoughts about a known ex-friend/enemy? Spooky stuff. The story is part mystery/thriller, part character study, and more, including funny and weird observations about identity and choices--and cosmetic surgery!

As the book progressed, I found it hard to keep up with all the characters and how they fit together, but was willing to go back to find what I missed. This isn't an easy book to read, IMO, but worth the effort if you are looking for something that is off the beaten track.
Mr.Death
A story about a young woman who has psychic powers. often it is difficult to determine what is real and what is a psychic episode. Her psychic abilities often scramble her mind and as a reader you too become entangled in the twisted plot. This book can be challenging to read and if you have patience you may find it worth reading.
Qumen
It's an unusual and interesting story. I don't remember reading any other book like it. You're not sure who's the hero or villain. The whole idea of choosing to vanish instead of committing suicide makes you have to rethink your views of the world around you. I would recommend it.
Celore
interesting concept about psychics taking a physical toll on each other. It was different. Not always satisfying and maybe not fully developed, but I was entertained