On a small sw-covered island live twelve-year-old Miu, her philosopher Papa, a priest, Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier Miu's mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned. Can her mother's mysterious disappearance be explained by the equally enigmatic appearance of a dead boy, washed up on the beach one year later? Unwilling to accept her mother's death, Miu embarks on an investigation that will teach her the truth about loss and love, in a story that is uniquely enchanting.
Mette Jakobsen was born in Denmark in 1964. She holds degrees in philosophy and creative writing and is the author of several plays. The Vanishing Act is her first novel. She lives in Sydney, Australia.