THE HYPNOTIC CITY

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Philomena Blackwell survived a city plagued with monsters, the gilded cage of high society, and the rule of a heartless man... and she aims to leave it all behind.

It's 1905, and London has finally been freed from Henry Jekyll's terrible legacy - its people cured, its thirteen-year quarantine lifted. The world is waiting, and for a girl who dreams of being its most dazzling star, what could be more enticing than the bright lights of New York City?

She is drawn across the ocean like a moth to a flame, her heart set on proving that while she may be small on the outside, her soaring talent eclipses even Manhattan’s towering skyline. When she lands a big break, it seems as if the city is ready to fall under her spell - just as she seems to be falling for a handsome young stage manager. But is it her stage presence mesmerizing the audience, or something more sinister behind the scenes?

Philomena has always relied on her fierce will and fiery heart, but a new and more terrible danger lurks in the shadows of Broadway's bright lights, and even a mind as determined as hers may not be immune to its seductive, insidious pull...

Both fans of The Heartless City and new readers alike will enjoy this stand-alone / spin-off tale of Philomena’s adventures on stage - and in love - in NYC.

THE HYPNOTIC CITY PLAYLIST!

Here is my official playlist for The Hypnotic City! I'll list the songs first and then the links and explanations. :)

"Castle" - Halsey
"In the Good Old Summertime"
"Mad Mission" - Patty Griffin
"Bethena: A Concert Waltz"
"Fighter" - Christina Aguilera
"Under the Anheuser Bush"
"Sleeping to Dream" - Jason Mraz
"Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey"
"Le Ballet d'Or" - Counting Crows
"Just Like Fire" - Pink
"The Air That I Breathe" - K.D. Lang
"Hold Me Down" - Halsey
"A World Alone" - Lorde


"Castle" - Halsey

I looooooooooove Halsey and when I first heard "Castle" it immediately made me think of Philomena fighting expectations and the established order of power and metaphorically storming the castle gates of NYC.




"In the Good Old Summertime"

This is a recording of the actual song Philomena performs four times a day in her Vaudeville gig on the Lower East Side.




"Mad Mission" - Patty Griffin

I feel like this song encompasses Philomena's life and attitude toward the beginning of the book, working and drinking with other starving artists as they struggle toward their dreams of success and acceptance. "It's a mad mission, but I've got the ambition...sign me up."



"Bethena: A Concert Waltz"

This a performance of the actual song Philomena and her friends watch Murphy's fiddle player, Danny, perform on New Year's Eve before they head to Times Square.




"Fighter" - Christina Aguilera

Even in the face of failure and humiliation, Philomena is ALWAYS a fighter.




"Under the Anheuser Bush"

Another real, historical song that Jamie and Philomena hear when they go to a bar called The Gem. Once I heard this song, I knew I had to put it in.




"Sleeping to Dream" - Jason Mraz

This song - and all of Jason Mraz's songs and his voice in general - made me think of Jamie throughout the writing of this book.



"Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey" - Harry Connick Jr.

There are a lot of these on the playlist, but this is another recording of an actual song Philomena sings in the novel when she auditions for a Broadway show. Even though the song is written for a woman, I used this recording by Harry Connick Jr. because it is awesome.




"Le Ballet d'Or" - Counting Crows

Ok, this song makes me think of the glittering, wealthy, uptown world of 1905 NYC so much that I actually make a reference to it in the book when Philomena is at a fancy ball on 5th Avenue. Not only that, but it encompasses the themes of dreams, fantasies, and hypnotic desires that appear throughout the book. (And I love Counting Crows) :)



"Just Like Fire" - Pink

I imagine this song going through Philomena's head when she first steps onto a Broadway stage.




"The Air That I Breathe" - K.D. Lang

This song is for Jamie and Philomena. It is perfect.




"Hold Me Down" - Halsey

Once again, a Halsey song reminds me of Philomena's fighting spirit and her refusal to be held down or oppressed by anyone.




"A World Alone" - Lorde

I imagine this song playing during the final scene of the book, because of its beauty and its lyrics:

"Raise a glass, 'cause I'm not done saying it
They all wanna get rough, get away with it
Let 'em talk 'cause we're dancing in this world alone.
We're alone.
We're alone.
Let 'em talk."




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