The instant New York Times bestseller! Shortlisted for the 2019 women's prize for fiction. Oprah's book club 2018 selection.'Haunting . . . Beautifully written' The New York Times Book Review
'Compelling' The Washington Post
'Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant' Elle
'I want to tell you a story about my daughter, my beautiful failure. Every day of her high school life was a struggle. She woke up in the morning and the thought of going to school was like an enormous mountain to climb.'
The story of a nineteenth century court case involving Thomas Guthrie Carr, a notorious, larger-than-life character who made his living as a mesmerist, phrenologist, public speaker and some say charlatan.