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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Heidi Julavits Narrator: Shelly Frasie Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 … or was she?

A few weeks later an unharmed Mary reappears as suddenly and mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming to have little memory of what happened to her. Her mother, concerned that Mary has somehow been sullied by the experience, sends her to therapy with a psychologist named Dr. Hammer. Mary turns out to be a cagey and difficult patient and Dr. Hammer begins to suspect Mary concocted her tale of abduction when he discovers its parallels with a seventeenth-century narrative of a girl who was abducted by Indians and later caused her rescuer to be hanged as a witch. Hammer, eager to further his professional reputation, decides to write a book about Mary’s faked abduction, a project her mother sanctions because she’d rather her daughter be a liar than a rape victim.

Fifteen years later, Mary has returned to Boston for her mother’s funeral. Her abduction—real or imagined—has tainted many lives, including her own. When Mary finds a suggestive letter sent to her mother, she suspects her mother planned a reconciliation before her death. Thus begins a quest that requires Mary to revisit the people and places in her past.

The Uses of Enchantment weaves a spell in which the power of a young woman’s sexuality, and her desire to wield it, has a devastating effect on all involved. The riveting cat-and-mouse power games between doctor and patient, and between abductor and abductee, are gradually, dreamily revealed, along with the truth about what actually happened in 1985.

Heidi Julavits is in full command of her considerable gifts, and has crafted a dazzling narrative sure to garner her further acclaim as one of the best novelists working today.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeanne | 2/12/2014

    " This is a curious book...while reading it, I found myself wanting to know more about the author. The story - of a privileged, intelligent, and probably disturbed girl from a repressed and disfunctional family - is fascinating, while not exactly satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Suzi | 2/3/2014

    " ok - but not going to finish it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Allison | 1/28/2014

    " disappointing -- this one was trying too hard. the narrative jumps between three points of view at three points in time --which was confusing enough but then the reader is left with no resolution to the "mystery" -- I like a little resolution "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by erin | 1/27/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book... About mid-way through I was ready to be done with it, had grown tired of the characters (didn't like any of them except, maybe, for the dad), had grown tired of the quick and witty banter, and really didn't care what had happened to Mary. The writing is good, but I just couldn't get into it. "

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