The Invention of Everything Else - Samantha Hunt

“Magic, religion, the occult—all of it—they are excuses to not believe that wonders are possible here on Earth,” says Nikola Tesla, the Serb inventor of alternating current and radio in The Invention Of Everything Else (Mariner, $13.95), by Samantha Hunt. This strange and marvelous novel portrays Tesla’s final days at the Hotel New Yorker in the 1940s, seen through the eyes of Louisa, a chambermaid. From his conversations with birds, Martians, and Mark Twain, to his ideas for inventions ranging from telepathy to teleportation, Tesla’s sensitivity and brilliance transcend such mundane considerations as poverty, sanity, and death itself.