Books All Georgians Should Read

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Jessica Handler

Jessica Handler

Decatur Library Auditorium

April 22, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

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 “captivate” her friends and family, controlling their thoughts and actions for brief moments at a time. ”The Magnetic Girl” 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.