Atlanta-Based Author Jessica Handler Explores Mesmerism In Debut Novel

Apr 16, 2019

In the late 19th Century, Lulu Hurst transfixed audiences as the "Georgia Wonder." An electrical storm supposedly gave the teenager supernatural powers to catapult grown men from chairs. She performed on stages from Cedartown, Georgia, to the East Coast and Midwest.

Hurst appeared in front of members of congress and government scientists. She was tested by Alexander Graham Bell, the faculty at Mercer University and the Medical College of Georgia - all baffled by mysterious force of the "electric maid."

Atlanta-based author Jessica Handler's new novel, The Magnetic Girl illustrates America's attraction to cons, bamboozlers and magical thinking. Handler spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about her fictional story. 

Handler will speak at Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock on April 20 and The Georgia Center for the Book in Decatur on April 22.

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