Jessica Handler - 'The Magnetic Girl'
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. She 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. 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. Gorgeously envisioned, and based on a true story, this 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.
The Magnetic Girl is the first in the new Cold Mountain Fund Series, a collaboration between Charles Frazier and Hub City Press, to spotlight extraordinary writers from the American South.
Jessica Handler is the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir.
Following the event Jessica will conduct a writing workshop open to anyone who purchases a copy of The Magnetic Girl: "Writing History: Yours and Others".
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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 Me