HEIDI JULAVITS | March 29
The first three novels by Believer editor Heidi Julavits are so beguiling as to take on an almost mystical air. How can such cerebral writing be so affecting? How can such sharp prose confound the reader so thoroughly? Her last novel, The Uses of Enchantment, was especially vexing and lovely. Its themes of false memory and erotic awakening were expressed in a uniquely disquieting manner. Julavits's latest novel, The Vanishers (Doubleday) — the story of a psychic mentorship gone sour — seems a departure, but odds are it will be as relentless as its predecessors.
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