The Magician's Assistant (Signed copy)
Signed by Ann Patchett, with doodle
First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 23.5 × 14.5cm, 357pp.
Signed directly to the title page by Ann Patchett, with rabbit out of the hat doodle.
A magician (with one memorable appearance on the Johnny Carson Show to his credit) takes the name Parsifal. He is gay. He has a Vietnamese lover, Phan. When Phan dies of AIDS, Parsifal marries the woman who has always adored him and who has lived with them both, his assistant Sabine. Then Parsifal himself dies in California, suddenly and shockingly, of an aneurysm. Parsifal always said that he had no living family and that he came from wealthy upscale Connecticut stock. The reality is very different, as Sabine learns from his lawyer. He came from a poor Nebraska family and they are very much alive. Indeed his mother and sister are on their way to California to meet Sabine, the daughter- and sister-in-law they know nothing about. It is bad that her husband has died. What Sabine must now cope with is coming to terms with his horrific past and the reason he divorced himself from his family and roots.
This copy is in very good condition, but there is some scarring and bumping to the top edge of the boards.