The Disapparation of James Ursu gently teases out the tale of a close-knit family whose youngest child, James, vanishes into thin air -- literally. (A circus magician makes the… The Disapparation of James Ursu gently teases out the tale of a close-knit family whose youngest child, James, vanishes into thin air -- literally. (A circus magician makes the… 2003-01-07 Fiction
Book Review

THE DISAPPARATION OF JAMES (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 07, 2003; Writer: Anne Ursu; Genre: Fiction

Ursu gently teases out the tale of a close-knit family whose youngest child, James, vanishes into thin air -- literally. (A circus magician makes the kid -- poof! -- disappear, then can't bring him back.) Househusband Justin and his doctor wife, Hannah, find their blissful world suddenly frail and full of child-size holes. But James' sister, 7-year-old Greta, reaches into her imagination to locate her brother: ''Lots of times when there's a mystery, there's a clue, too, and it's up to the girl to figure it out, because adults just don't.'' Ursu's story is sweetly done, her own compelling magic trick.

Originally posted Jan 24, 2003 Published in issue #692-693 Jan 24, 2003 Order article reprints
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