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Jessica Handler

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Jessica Handler is the author of the novel, "The Magnetic Girl," an Indie Next pick for April 2019 and a SIBA "Okra Pick." The Wall Street Journal called "The Magnetic Girl" one of the ten books to read in Spring, 2019, and Kirkus awarded the book a starred review. She is also the author of the craft guide," Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief," and the memoir, "Invisible Sisters," named one of the "Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read" and Atlanta magazine's "Best Memoir of 2009." Her nonfiction has appeared widely, including on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Brevity, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine. Honors include residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Hambidge Center for Creative ...more

On not getting picked for teams

FGP-GH1-coverthumbI never ever got picked for anything at recess, or, to be Southern about it, I ‘never got picked for squat.’ This is because I was sullen and a weird combination of agonizingly shy and astonishingly aggressive. So, in Red Rover, when a team captain or a player or a mean girl or who-the-hell ever was supposed to call out “Red Rover, Red Rover, let [name] come over,” my name was always the last r...

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Invisible Sisters

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