The Read | Write | South bookclub is reading "The Magnetic Girl" by Jessica Handler (virtual)

The Read | Write | South bookclub is reading "The Magnetic Girl" by Jessica Handler (virtual)

May 27th 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Read | Write | South bookclub will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 27th at 6 p.m on ZOOM.

The Read | Write | South bookclub will meet virtually at 6 p.m. to discuss new Southern Literature, featuring a few books by Hub City Press. Join us on Wednesday, May 27th to discuss Jessica Handler's The Magnetic Girl. 

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The Magnetic Girl

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.

The Magnetic Girl is a compassionate, clear-eyed coming-of-age tale unlike anything I’ve read. The story belongs to Lulu Hurst, but Handler is the one doing the true mesmerizing. What a unique, accomplished debut!” —Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times Bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

In rural north Georgia two decades after the Civil War, thirteen-year-old Lulu Hurst discovers an obscure book by legendary Mesmerist Henrietta Wolf on her father’s shelf. After Lulu uses Wolf’s wisdom to convince a cousin she can conduct electricity with her touch, her father sees an opportunity. Her father’s lessons transform Lulu, once deemed gangly and indelicate, into an electrifying new woman: The Magnetic Girl, captivating enthusiastic crowds by lifting grown men in parlor chairs, throwing them across the stage with her “electrical charge.” 

"Handler captures the ambivalence of female adolescence, where the newfound ability to captivate others exists in unsteady balance with the fear of loss of independence. A thoroughly fresh historical novel that both captures the essence of its time and echoes challenges that still exist today." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

As her notoriety grows, Lulu harbors a secret belief that she can use the power of Mesmerism to heal her disabled baby brother, Leo, with whom she shares a profound and supernatural mental connection. To help him, she delves into the mysterious book’s pages, determined to harness Wolf’s teachings and convince herself, and the world, that her gifts are authentic. But will they be enough to heal her family?

Based on true events, this award-winning novel 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.

Winner of the Southern Book Prize
Georgia Center for the Book, Books all Georgians Should Read 2019
One of the Atlanta Journal Constitution's "South's 10 best books of 2019"
Finalist for the Townsend Prize
Indie Next pick, April 2019

Coming up...

June 2020

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

July 2020

The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels

August 2020

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones


September 2020

Watershed by Mark Barr

October 2020

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

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