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A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW: “A SPLENDID DEBUT”

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A splendid debut… a richly lyrical and thought-provoking novel with closing twists that feel as impossible, inevitable, and satisfying—as magical, in short—as one of Houdini’s own illusions.

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review

Learning that Kelly is a poet will come as no surprise as readers get swept up in her gorgeous word choices and lyrical prose… Without a single misstep, Mrs. Houdini is a pure delight from the first page to the last.

—WASHINGTON POST

“Kelly brings immense imaginative empathy to bear on the fascinating  story of the woman who stood beside Harry Houdini. Resonant, haunting, and deeply felt, this is a stellar debut from a novelist to watch.”

—GERALDINE BROOKS, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

“Kelly has drawn Bess with such charm and moxie that I felt myself racing alongside her to uncover the clues Harry left behind, then stunned and weeping when she discovers the future he imagined for her.”

—KAYLIE JONES, author of Lies My Mother Never Told Me

“A magical trip through a magical time—a fresh and absorbing read.”

—KATE ALCOTT, New York Times bestselling author

“Kelly’s mesmerizing reimagining shines a light on the kind of love that burns strong even after death.”

—PEOPLE MAGAZINE

“‘Mrs. Houdini’ is a delightful read, and will resonate with anyone who’s ever been struck by the illogical but nonetheless compelling notion that a lost beloved may yet reappear, despite all rational evidence to the contrary.”

—MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

“Mrs. Houdini is, in its way, a ghost story, with an ending that will make you shiver. But it’s not a shiver of fear that Kelly’s fine debut provokes, though there’s more than a hint of the uncanny. It’s the shiver one gets from an excellent story skillfully told, with characters whose fates are fully and sympathetically realized.”

—KEVIN BROCKMEIER, author of The Illumination

“Kelly’s impressive debut is a poignantly romantic tale of the world’s greatest escape artist and the remarkable woman who was his devoted partner, both onstage and off. In Mrs. Houdini, love proves to be the most mysterious and powerful of all death-defying acts.”

—JENNIFER CHIAVERINI, New York Times bestselling author