The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler audiobook

The Magnetic Girl: A Novel

By Jessica Handler
Read by Brittany Pressley  and Andrew Eiden

By Jessica Handler
Read by Brittany Pressley  and Andrew Eiden

Blackstone Publishing 9781938235481

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982598662

  • ISBN: 9781982598655

  • ISBN: 9781982598679

  • ISBN: 9781982679255

Runtime: 9.31 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2020 Southern Book Prize

A Wall Street Journal Pick of Ten Books to Read This Spring

A SIBA Okra Pick for Spring

A Literary Hub Pick of 5 Best Books for April

An Indie Next List Selection for April

In rural North Georgia two decades after the Civil War, thirteen-year-old Lulu Hurst reaches high into her father’s bookshelf and pulls out an obscure book, The Truth of Mesmeric Influence. Deemed gangly and undesirable, Lulu wants more than a lifetime of caring for her disabled baby brother, Leo, with whom she shares a profound and supernatural mental connection.

“I only wanted to be Lulu Hurst, the girl who captivated her brother until he could walk and talk and stand tall on his own. Then I would be the girl who could leave.”

Lulu begins to “captivate” her friends and family, controlling their thoughts and actions for brief moments at a time. After Lulu convinces a cousin she conducts electricity with her touch, her father sees a unique opportunity. He grooms his tall and indelicate daughter into an electrifying new woman: The Magnetic Girl. Lulu travels the Eastern seaboard, captivating enthusiastic crowds by lifting grown men in parlor chairs and throwing them across the stage with her “electrical charge.”

While adjusting to life on the vaudeville stage, Lulu harbors a secret belief that she can use her newfound gifts, as well as her growing notoriety, to heal her brother. As she delves into the mysterious book’s pages, she discovers keys to her father’s past and her own future—but how will she harness its secrets to heal her family?

Gorgeously envisioned, The Magnetic Girl is set at a time when the emerging presence of electricity raised suspicions about the other-worldly gospel of Spiritualism, and when women’s desire for political, cultural, and sexual presence electrified the country. Squarely in the realm of Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder and Leslie Parry’s Church of Marvels, The Magnetic Girl is a unique portrait of a forgotten period in history, seen through the story of one young woman’s power over her family, her community, and ultimately, herself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A compassionate, clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.” Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author
“Brings history to glorious life in a captivating tale.” Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
“A gorgeous, brutal book: a strange alchemy of love, fear, fate, and hope.” Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author
“Handler provides a touching look at how human desire doesn’t always equal what is right, and the result is an astonishing tale that does not pander or falter, but crackles with magic.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Handler’s fierce, sensually vivid debut novel takes off from the life of a little-known but fascinating figure from nineteenth-century American history…A thoroughly fresh historical novel that both captures the essence of its time and echoes challenges that still exist today.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Pressley evokes a beautiful Georgia accent that sounds so authentic that the listener is transported to the marvelous shows Lulu performs. Andrew Eiden’s small performance is earnest. He commands attention in a way that Pressley’s character is unwilling to do. The contrast works perfectly and plays right into the story’s big reveal. Listeners who love historical fiction should pick up this audiobook.” AudioFile
“Beyond its sleight of hand, The Magnetic Girl is a vintage tale about learning to harness your singular powers.” Foreword Reviews
“A heartwarming tale of the sacrifices we make for family, the delusions we fall for in the name of love, and the human need to keep on dreaming despite it all. Mesmerizing.” Thomas Mullen, author of Darktown

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Author

Author Bio: Jessica Handler

Author Bio: Jessica Handler

Jessica Handler is the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing about Grief and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, which was named one of the “Twenty-Five Books All Georgians Should Read” and Atlanta magazine’s “Best Memoir of 2009.” Jessica writes essays and nonfiction features that have appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Full Grown People, Brevity, Newsweek, the Washington Post, and More magazine.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English