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December 20, 2013

Charles Dennis Explains 'The Magiker'

"My dad never forgot leaving the shtetl in 1919. It was from him that I learned so much about the shtetl life that I describe in The Magiker."

Harris Strider, a psychiatrist in contemporary New York City, treats a socialite whose body seems to be inhabited by the soul of a young Jewish girl who died a hundred years ago in Russia's Pale of Settlement. Strider falls in love with the young girl and in an attempt to set her free, plunges headlong into a dangerous world of mysticism, Kabbalah, and a mysterious figure known as the Magiker Rebbe. The Magiker will make you think twice about the possibilities of reincarnation-and a love beyond time. Little wonder that Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, calls The Magiker "a brilliantly researched and wonderful read, especially if you're a romantic."

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"Charles Dennis has taken the psychological thriller and woven into it a time-travel story of history and ritual and the power of love to survive anything—including death. It is a brilliantly researched and wonderful read, especially if you're a romantic. As I am."

Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey

"The Magiker is an exuberantly original thriller, at once hilarious and informative, ingenious, and deftly romantic."

Nicholas Meyer, author of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

"Mysticism, romance, and humor are all between the covers of this new book by Charles Dennis. Not easy to accomplish all three at the same time, like juggling an apple, a banana, and a fretsaw, but he's done it."

Michael Lindsay-Hogg, author of Luck and Circumstance

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