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Jessica Handler, April 22, 2019
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. Set in rural north Georgia two decades after the Civil War, thirteen-year-old Lulu Hurst, deemed gangly and undesirable, reaches high into her father’s bookshelf and pulls out an obscure book, The Truth of Mesmeric Influence. Soon, begins to...Read More