Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife Bess from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. When a widowed Bess begin ...more
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I have a longstanding fascination with Harry Houdin ...more
This novel tells the tale of Harry and Bess Houdini -- the married circus and vaudeville team who performed together before Harry became truly famous as an escape artist. While we certainly read about the Houdinis' professional work and death-defying stunts, the real substance of the book is the love story between Harry and Bess, and their quest to determine whether it was actually possible to commu ...more
Harry Houdini loved his wife Bess - and he believed that nothing was impossible. He wondered about magic versus illusion, and put himself up against death and always felt he would be invincible. He and Bess spoke often about him coming back to her after death. When he passes away, Bess goes on a mysterious quest to see if her impassioned lover could indeed do the impossible and come back to her. The book traces their love relationship, their intertwi ...more
I didn't know much about Houdini beyond a couple of biopic-type movies and the song from the musical "Ragtime" until this book. I found it interesting that he was confident enough onstage to risk his life night after night, but offstage, desperately needed Bess behind him. The author's research apparently included a biography that quoted Bess extensively, so much so that she used some of the quotes as dialogue for the novel, and I think that ma ...more
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I picked this one up because I just learnt that my son shared his birthday with Harry Houdini and I think it's pretty cool. Then I realised I knew fuck all about Harry Houdini except the basics.
Here comes Mrs Houdini, a book telling the life of Harry and Beth Houdini from Beth's POV.
You may or may not like the story itself but this book is extremely well documented. I can tell because I actually checked many of the facts to differentiate real events from fiction, and as it ...more
So, I went into this story with very little preconceptions and an open mind. I think that helped. Throughout the pages of this tale, the read ...more
I didn't mind that the book skipped back and forth between time periods, but an editor would have been very helpful, there were too many flashbacks in the 1929 sections that made it confusing. Why bother having chapters in different time periods if you ...more
Honestly I think I would have liked this better had the formatting been clearer. It was a constant jump from past to present in the book and not a clear divide of where each one was.
Also, I had a hard time really connecting with Bess and on the whole, wasn’t that impressed. Still a decent read but more like not the right book for me.
I really enjoyed the detail depth and complexity of the love story between Harry and Bess, I don't want to say anything more and give too much away, the only thing that kept me personally from really getting into the story was the time jumps. I understand from a storyline prospective why they were nesscery(the ending explains why) however I personally felt like this would ...more
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard University and received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Prairie Schoone ...more