Patchett, Ann "The Magician’s Assistant" - 1997
I read this book years ago with my book club in England (so at least 15 years ago) and I don't remember much about it. Only that it didn't invite me to read more books by this author. Maybe it was too "fantastic" for me. I have read "The Patron Saint of Liars" in the meantime and maybe I should go back to this book or at least read more novels by this author because I really liked the other one.
From the back cover: "Sabine - twenty years a magician’s assistant to her handsome, charming husband - is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine’s life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her."
I did read "The Patron Saint of Liars" by Ann Patchett in the meantime and I liked it a lot better.