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The Uses of Enchantment

The Uses of Enchantment

Heidi Julavits

ISBN: 9781400078110

The author's third novel is a spooky coming-of-age tale in which 16-year-old Mary Veal disappears from her school, only to reappear a few weeks later claiming to have been abducted. Julavits keeps the reader baffled until the end, but beneath the mystery

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One Autumn day in 1985, sixteen-year-old Mary Veal vanishes from her Massachusetts prep school. A few weeks later she reappears unharmed and with little memory of what happened to her--or at least little that she is willing to share. Was Mary abducted, or did she fake her disappearance? This question haunts Mary's family, her psychologist, even Mary herself. Weaving together three narratives, "The Uses of Enchantment "conjures a spell in which the hallucinatory power of a young woman's sexuality, and her desire to wield it, has devastating consequences for all involved.
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