Esther's Inheritance

Esther's Inheritance

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Random House, Inc.
What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for more than twenty years. Lajos, the liar, married her sister, and when she died, Lajos disappeared. Or did he? And Esther? She was left with her elderly cousin, the all-knowing Nunu, and a worn old house, living a life of the most modest comforts. All is well, but all is tired.

Until a telegram arrives announcing that, after all these years, Lajos is returning with his children. The news brings both panic and excitement. While no longer young and thoroughly skeptical about Lajos and his lies, Esther still remembers how incredibly alive she felt when he was around. Lajos’s presence bewitches everyone, and the greatest part of his charm—and his danger—lies in the deftness with which he wields that delicate power. Nothing good can come of this: friends rally round, but Lajos’s arrival, complete with entourage, begins a day of high theater.

Esther’s Inheritance
has the taut economy of Márai’s Embers, and presents a remarkable narrator who delivers the story as both tragedy and comedy on an intimate scale that nevertheless has archetypal power.

Baker & Taylor
Falling in love with Lajos, a pathological liar, despite the fact that he is married to her sister, Esther is trapped in a humdrum life with an elderly cousin when he vanishes after her sister's death, until, after many years, he announces that he is returning with his children, igniting complex feelings of panic, excitement, and skepticism. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for more than twenty years. Lajos, the liar, married her sister, and when she died, Lajos disappeared. Or did he? And Esther? She was left with her elderly cousin, the all-knowing Nunu, and a worn old house, living a life of the most modest comforts. All is well, but all is tired.
Until a telegram arrives announcing that, after all these years, Lajos is returning with his children. The news brings both panic and excitement. While no longer young and thoroughly skeptical about Lajos and his lies, Esther still remembers how incredibly alive she felt when he was around. Lajos's presence bewitches everyone, and the greatest part of his charm - and his danger - lies in the deftness with which he wields that delicate power. Nothing good can come of this: friends rally round, but Lajos's arrival, complete with entourage, begins a day of high theater.

Baker
& Taylor

Falling in love with Lajos, a pathological liar, despite the fact that he is married to her sister, Esther is trapped in a humdrum life with an elderly cousin when Lajos vanishes after her sister's death, until, after many years, he announces that he is returning.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400045006
1400045002
Characteristics: 148 p. ; 20 cm

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Jun 02, 2015

A masterful novella that effectively utilizes the technique of the unreliable narrator to explore notions of deception, redemption, trust, and self-knowledge.

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