The Uses of Enchantment

The Uses of Enchantment

A Novel

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2007
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Findaway World Llc

In late afternoon on November 7, 1985, sixteen-year-old Mary Veal was abducted after field hockey practice at her all-girl 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 socially ambitious mother is concerned, and sends Mary to therapy with a psychologist named Dr. Hammer.Mary turns out to be a difficult patient and Dr. Hammer begins to suspect that she concocted her tale of abduction. Eager to further his professional reputation, Hammer writes a book about Mary's faked abduction. 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, and she begins a quest to revisit the people and places in her past.The Uses of Enchantment weaves a spell in which the reader sees how the extraordinary power of a young woman's sexuality, and the desire to wield it, have 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 the author of two novels, The Mineral Palace and The Effect of Living Backwards. She is a founding editor of The Believer, a monthly review that covers books, art, music, philosophers, and politics. She lives in Manhattan and Maine. Shelly Frasier has narrated over fifty audiobooks, including the New York Times bestsellers Stiff and Animals in Translation. "It is always a pleasure when a reader is in sync with the material she performs. Such is the case with Frasier." -- Publishers Weekly (for Run the Risk)

Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Audio, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781605146775
Branch Call Number: PLAY FIC JUL
Characteristics: 1 sound media player (10.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,3 1/2 x 2 1/8 in.
Additional Contributors: Frasier, Shelly


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at FVRL

To Top