Praise for Mrs. Houdini

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“Kelly’s mesmerizing reimagining shines a light on the kind of love that burns strong even after death.” People Pick: Best New Books

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“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.”

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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.” Starred Review

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“Splendid… a richly lyrical novel.” A New and Noteworthy Book

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“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. The book answers that great “What if?” and does so in an eminently pleasurable way.”

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“‘Mrs. Houdini,’ is a marvel that gallops through time and space. Based on the true story of illusionist Harry Houdini and his wife, Bess, it vibrates with plot-driven energy, unforgettable characters and unpredictable twists.”

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“Kelly’s fictional biography of Bess Houdini will fascinate… The well-crafted characters and the mystery behind Houdini’s vow to communicate with Bess after death propel the plot forward, captivating readers.”

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“A pure delight from the first page to the last.”

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“Rich period details… Who wouldn’t want to be a fly on the wall at the magicians’ salon that Bess opens in Manhattan?”

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“It will be hard to resist the novel’s emotional payoff: its poignant portrait of a satisfying marriage, the rupture of grief and the seemingly magical ability of love to survive the grave.”

 

“Debut novelist Victoria Kelly mines literary gold as she combs through every stitch of the life of the woman married to the world’s greatest illusionist.”

 

“Dazzling and enchanting… a thrilling final act.”

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“A dazzling blend of adventure, love, betrayal, and redemption.”

 

Praise for When the Men Go Off to War

 

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“Kelly’s striking use of language is emotionally compelling… a wonder.”

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“It seemed tragic that I’d never read [anything] like it.” –Heather Beatty

“Her themes of departure, absence and homecoming are universal… Her graceful lines float [through the book].”

When the Men Go off to War is full of… evocative passages, at once beautiful and tragic and always real.” –Ward Carroll, author of
Punk’s War



When the Men Go Off to War is a superb introduction to a poet we’ll be hearing a lot from as time goes by.” –David Lehman