Debut novel by Atlanta author coming Spring 2019
Hub City Press announces the forthcoming publication of Atlanta author Jessica Handler's debut historical novel The Magnetic Girl in May of 2019.
In 1883, electricity is barely a rumor in American life. Popular opinion of the era conflates the new science with the mystery of magnets. In rural north Georgia two decades after the Civil War, Lulu Hurst is eager for adventure and opportunity. Inspired by an obscure book she finds on her father’s bookshelf, Lulu tricks a cousin into believing that she conducts electricity with her touch.
This is the imagined story of the real Lulu Hurst’s vaudeville career as she travels for two years, performing feats for enthusiastic crowds as “The Magnetic Girl," appearing to lift grown men in parlor chairs and throw them across the stage with her electrical charge. The Magnetic Girl sits squarely in the realm of Emma Donohue’s The Wonder, Samantha Hunt’s Mr. Splitfoot, Leslie Parry’s The Church of Marvels, and HBO’s series “Carnivale.” It’s 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.
Jessica 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 write essays and nonfiction features that which have appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Full Grown People, Brevity, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine. Learn more at www.jessicahandler.com