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"The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls is lots of fun, a kind of "women in prison" movie with an (Oliver) Twist. It's cleverly structured, bouncing effortlessly between the Victorian and modern eras, and comes complete with scary, perilous situations, vivid characters--plucky heroines, evil villains, and intelligent, talking rats--to an ultimately thoughtful, poignant ending. Put down your Dickens for a bit and give it a read."
~ Jack Ketchum, acclaimed author of The Lost and The Girl Next Door
From the Author
I have made it my life's mission to prove by example that even the ugliest of experiences can be transformed into things of extraordinary beauty...and even magic.
I love Emilie and Emily. One thing that makes this story great is that the author is talking to you if you pay attention, and that makes the the best stories come alive when you read their words!! I can relate to Emilie very much, it's like she takes you by the hand into her world. You feel her life, any story that can do that for me is wonderful. I love being a Plague rat!! And all the puzzles (I have yet to solve the password!!) I look forward to seeing what the future holds in the books to come!! I invite you all to read in my opinion one of the best books ever published.
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls is a ride I will never forget. The dual existence of Emilie and Emily is, for many of us, how our minds deal with the world and what it throws at us. It has been a self help guide into exploring my own machinations. Not to mention that this book has fostered a community of varied but lovely and caring people, several of which I am happy to call friends. Without the Asylum, I would have never found them.
Fast paced, interesting, vulnerable and interactive. The anagrams and puzzles have fostered a sense of community among the readers. I couldn't get enough of it all. High praises go to the author, Emilie Autumn. I was completely blown away. Thank you so much for this adventure!
Welcome to the asylum! Where lavish curtains and furniture lure you in, and where crumpets and tea are served. It’s where the beautiful Opheliac ladies entertain you in their enchanting gowns....until time is up and harsh reality comes tumbling back down.
This book instantly throws you into the vivid world of Emalie Autumn and her experiences of being in “the asylum” for having attempted suicide. The peer perspective Emalie offers you destigmatizes suicide and mental health by openly talking about it, creating space for us to hear about the true horrors and abuse that occurred and continues to occur to this day in asylums, mental institutions, and hospitals. It takes you down a winding road of questioning the definition of sanity and madness, especially when you are labelled a “criminal” for having a mental disorder. Do asylums really help people who need to get out of their heads? Regardless, when you are imprisoned with other misfits, “criminals”, and rats, your resiliency really starts to show.
This book blurs the line between reality and fiction in a raw, vulnerable, and autobiographical way that keeps you captivated and wondering what is real and what is fiction? It is also a love letter detailing the legacy of resiliency for the thousands of forgotten women who died in asylums over the years so unjustly. You experience living in the asylum in a visceral way that activates all your senses, including synesthesia. This book is a thriller as much as it is a historical account of what happened in asylums. It should be considered mandatory reading for anyone in the field of medicine, psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, and mental health overall. Having an “insider’s” perspective is worth more than its weight in gold. If we want to make sure that history does not repeat itself again, then you need to know what happened.
If you are a fan of Emalie’s music, then you will gain greater insight and context for her song names and meaning. The unfathomable symbology throughout this book is deeply rooted in lived experience, and artfully composed across the lines on paper to captivate you in the hauntingly beautiful and morose Victorian time period in the asylum. After reading this book, a piece of you forever changes, and you feel grateful to not be trapped among the black and white stripped walls in the asylum that draw you in . Or are you?
I was first able to experience The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls through Emilie Autumn's stunning audio book. I have never felt so immersed in a world as I did with this gorgeous novel. Emilie has done a phenomenal job of handcrafting a world which is both beautiful and tragic, and a story that is as haunting as it is addicting. The Asylum envelopes the reader into a world that is horrifyingly tangible, and will fill you with absolute joy and terror for knowing how much you belong. Thank you, Emilie, for this corageous novel, and for inviting us to share in your beautiful world. You are truly incredible.
When you read The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, you don't just get a story. No, you receive a whole WORLD in a beautifully-illustrated package. The Asylum is well written and never sparse on imagery and symbolism. Emilie Autumn paints pictures in the minds of her readers through graphic depictions of the horrors of mental Asylums, and even the horrors of modern-day Psych Wards. But fear not, readers! For those who do not like endless horror, keep in mind that this book is a whirlwind of romance, friendship, mystery, and magic! From talking rats to psychopathic doctors with secret experiments to starry-eyed photographers to the most powerful sisterhood the world has ever seen (The Striped Stocking Society!) The Asylum is sure to both tug at your heartstrings and invoke tears of despair (and joy!) while also reminding you of the important of love and companionship. From diverse, dynamic characters to unique and obscure settings, this book takes you on a journey through the mind of one incredible woman and the world she has created, while also giving readers a look into the true madness she was forced into in the Psych Ward, and how far she has come since then. When you read The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, you aren't asking for a book. You're asking for an experience. And yet, I still haven't mentioned the scavenger hunt! If readers are familiar with the Enchant scavenger hunt, worry not, you aren't on your own this time! There's a whole community of beautiful individuals (the S.S.S.) here to help! In The Asylum, beautiful graphics are entwined with twisting numbers and letters meant to provide the readers with the same confusion and uncertainty the Asylum inmates felt every day. Also like the inmates, the readers must work together to solve the mysterious puzzles. It is in this way that Emilie Autumn creates not just a book, but a world to live in. Once you've read the book, heard the music, watched the interviews, bought the merchandise (Asylum Emporium), joined the inmates, grabbed a spoon, and fought like a girl, you will realize it's much easier to enter the Asylum than it is to leave.