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Set in the early 1900s, the novel follows young Lucia Rutkowska who, thanks to the influence of her beloved grandmother, escapes the Warsaw ghetto to work as a kitchen maid in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the bustling city of Paris. Too talented for her lowly position, Lucia is thrown out on the street. Her only recourse is to take a job working for a married couple—two disorganized, rather poor scientists so distracted by their work that their house and young child are often neglected. Lucia soon bonds with her eccentric employers, watching as their work with radioactive materials grows increasing noticed by the world, then rising to fame as the great Marie and Pierre Curie.

Soon all of Paris is alight with the news of an impending visit from Eusapia Palladino, the world’s most famous medium. It is through her now famous employers that Lucia attends Eusapia’s gatherings and eventually falls under the medium’s spell, leaving the Curie household to travel with Palladino to Italy. Ultimately, Lucia is placed directly in the crosshairs of faith versus science. What is more real, the glowing substances of the Curie laboratory or the glowing visions that surround the medium during her séance?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a rare book that is as scientific as it is magical and as magical as it is scientific. This is that book.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Falkner Award–winning author

  • Challenging and yet unpretentious, complex, deliberate, and wholly, completely original…Susan Sherman writes with a fundamental empathy for life as it is lived.”

    Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sherman has created a sympathetic protagonist whose belief in cosmic signs, scientific discovery, and the interconnectedness of humankind is nothing short of magical.”

    Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This splendid novel is about discovery, in its many forms: in science, in love, in ambition, in connection; it celebrates the intersection of the natural world and faith…Unforgettable.”

    Karen E. Bender, finalist for the National Book Award

  • “Lush with the landmarks of turn of the century Paris…Susan Sherman’s beautiful novel If You Are There provides one pleasure after another, and I couldn’t put it down.”

    Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen, longlisted for the National Book Award

  • “Sherman’s story line encompasses a wide range of subjects and characters…The bold, incandescent descriptions of séances are where Sherman’s art truly shines.”

    Booklist

  • “Sherman’s tale is a feast of detail and description…Evocative.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick for January 2017
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About the Author

Susan Sherman is the author of If You Were There and of the acclaimed novel The Little Russian, which was a “Great New Reads” pick by People magazine and named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2014. She is the former chairperson of the art department at Whittier College in California and the co-creator of That’s So Raven on the Disney Network.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.