RM Book Lounge – The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

Competition and jealously at work is commonplace, but in Heidi Julavit’s 3rd novel she explores this theme amongst professional psychics. Juvalit’s main character, Julia, finds her body under a “psychic” attack after her mentor becomes envious of her talents. In an attempt to free herself, she goes in search for “vanished” people, including the mother she never knew. This book’s unique storyline will grab you and not let go!

The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

“The darkly comic world of Heidi Julavits’s latest novel contains warring psychics, missing people who’ve deliberately vanished themselves, twisted avant-garde filmmakers, absent mothers, striving academics, plastic surgery enthusiasts, Sylvia Plath obsessives — and the people who love to hate and pursue all of them. Beneath this hyperactivity, the novel deals, fundamentally, with the “economics of revenge” and a daughter’s search for her mother.”Cristina Garcia, The New York Times

“Bristling with wicked humor and sharp-edged irony, The Vanishers explores the ways in which the dead can haunt the living and the often painful persistence of memory. It is also ultimately a novel about identity: Julia is vulnerable to attack because she has never known her mother, and therefore never truly known herself.” - Ilana Teitelbaum, Huffington Post

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Elysha Schickel

After four years of college and creating many answers to the question “So, what next?” Elysha Schickel is starting to figure it all out.  An avid reader who is addicted to researching anything that sparks her interest, and who loves to spread her knowledge to everyone she knows, Elysha is thrilled that at RebelMom, she’s found a way to combine all these interests with her love of writing.   She’s a recent graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Humanities.

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