We are thrilled to announce Jessica Handler's debut novel The Magnetic Girl has been selected as an April Indie Next Pick! Indiebound collects nominations from booksellers across the country for that month's recommended reads, and booksellers love The Magnetic Girl.
We’ve known that Jessica Handler could write the heck out of a sentence since her moving account of surviving the deaths of her sisters in her memoir, Invisible Sisters. What we didn’t yet fully understand is the way that her nonfiction would prepare her so uniquely to write this strange and lovely book about a girl coming into her power — a feminist historical novel of grit and mystery. Handler knows from her own life that the flip side of grief and loss can sometimes be wonder and awe. What a pleasure to have her take us by the hand and show us that truth in the life of Lulu Hurst, who becomes a vaudeville star with ‘magical’ powers but yearns most to heal her little brother back at home.”
——Errol Anderson, Charis Books & More, Atlanta, GA
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. Kirkus Reviews calls the book "a thoroughly refreshing historical novel." Preorder here!