The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, by Maggie O'Farrell, has been sitting on my shelf since 2008. Hence, why it is on my TBR Pile Challenge list for this year. At 245 pages, it was a quick read too.
I'm not going to say this is the best book ever, but it was a good story and I wanted to keep reading all the way through. It centers around the history of two sisters, Kitty and Esme Lennox, who grow up in a time period where women are never more than housewives and mental illness (and what it's not) is not really understood.
Iris, the only remaining Lennox relative to the sisters, doesn't know much about her family's history and what she does know, she soon finds out is all lies. The story definitely keeps you moving, as the third person narration switches between Iris, Kitty and Esme of the past, and Kitty and Esme of the present. To complicate matters of piecing the history/story together, Esme has been locked away for sixty-one years and Kitty has Alzheimer's. The question is, how does someone exist in one place for sixty-one years without her one and only remaining relative knowing she existed?
There's not much to say without ruining the piecing together of the story, but if you're looking for a quick story to entertain you, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox will do the trick.
The history of "treating" mental illness is astounding. It unnerves me and makes me sick to read about in books such as this. Any such books you've read?