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Now You See Her

Otto, Whitney

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ISBN 10: 0679415831 / ISBN 13: 9780679415831
Published by Villard Books, 1994
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Title: Now You See Her

Publisher: Villard Books

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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"Graceful...Poetic...Otto's voice is sympathetic and direct, her imagination equally practical and romantic."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
--Entertainment Weekly
Kiki Shaw, a game show question writer, is about to turn forty. She doesn't mind that, except that she's also disappearing. Parts of her that were always there are vanishing, and no one seems to notice. As she contemplates this experience, Kiki makes certain discoveries about her life and those of the women closest to her. Perhaps they will all evanesce bit by bit, until they detect where they misplaced themselves and their once-promising lives (.
As she did in her New York Times bestseller, How to Make an American Quilt, Whitney Otto has created a rich gallery of voices and lives that draws us in and pierces our perceptions of who we are or should be.
"The sight of a work and talent in progress is welcome in the House of Fiction."
--The New York Times
"You are in the hands of a master. Now sit back and enjoy it."
--The Hartford Courant
"[This] gradually, even magically, unfolds to yield another of Otto's intricate, intimate tapestries."
--Publishers Weekly
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From Kirkus Reviews:

In Otto's engaging but strangely disjointed second novel, a woman takes stock of her life as she approaches her fortieth birthday and discovers that she's, literally, not all there. Kiki Shaw works as a researcher for a popular TV game show (it's not named, but hint, hint, she has to come up with answers and the contestants have to figure out the questions). Spending her days delving into specific facts for her job, Kiki realizes that she herself is becoming a lot less specific, physically. The truth is that she seems to be vanishing. Kiki's coworkers walk into her office and borrow things from her desk, never noticing her; one day, her cat seems to walk right through her foot. So, is this what middle-age means--disappearing? It's a good question, but, unfortunately, the answers Otto supplies are confusing. Certainly, Kiki's middle-aged friends, Collier and Nora, seem visible enough, and her widowed mother, Gen, is positively flamboyant. These other characters eclipse Kiki, who through most of the novel observes and details the whole, rich, messy lives of the people around her. And, in the end, when we expect Kiki to step out of the shadows once and for all, she veers off in another direction entirely--on a surreal trip to Paris and conversations with a friendly ghost. TrŠs bizarre. Now you don't see her, and now you never will. Otto's first novel, a bestseller, was titled How to Make An American Quilt (1991), but this is the book that, despite, some wonderful writing, reads like patchwork. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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