"Neal Katz weaves a compelling page-turning story that cleverly unfolds history while providing a wonderfully entertaining ride. ... Impressively well written and exceptionally entertaining from beginning to end, "Outrageous" is very highly recommended for both community and academic library American Historical Fiction collections."
Midwest Book Review
"Victoria Woodhull is one of the most fascinating but forgotten characters
in American history. She deserves to be better known by anyone who cares
about gender equality and the ongoing fight to make America a more
tolerant and just country--kudos to Neal Katz for bringing her story to
life for a new generation of readers."
Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Most Famous
Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher
"In smoothly-written and compulsively readable chapters,Katz takes his readers through the young women's difficult early years andentrance into the broader stage of adult life. His research is obviouslyextensive, but his novel's exposition is very naturally woven into the internaldramatics of his narrative, and his large cast of characters includes plenty ofhistorical figures, all well-realized. ... This is a very promising openingchapter to a series that feels long overdue."
Historical Novel Society
"I can't believe this is Neal's first book. Incredibly well written, this is an
important work. I see a National bestseller and a long running series."
Victor Villasenor, National bestselling author of Rain of Gold,Three time
Pulitzer Prize nominee, and author of Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy
"I am impressed with the personality profiles. You clearly grasp the long
term, psychological impact of the fugue coping mechanism, or taking flight,
the identity disappearing, or creating an alternate, safer reality in response to
trauma. Well done."
Mojgan Jajan, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
From the Author
The saga of Victoria Woodhull appeals to me, as it serves three purposes:
*First, the story provokes public awareness of the historical and continuing denigration and subjugation of gender prejudice.
*Second, the tale exposes the historical basis for the manipulation of the "free markets" of stocks, bonds and commodities.
*Third, the story shows how existing financial and political power structures used prison and seizure of assets to prevent innovation and social change.
Victoria Woodhull overcame all these obstacles in a remarkable life.
In addition, I have had to overcome many of the same trials and tribulations that confronted the sisters, Victoria and Tennessee. I believe in their motto: "Upward & Onward" and personally transforms challenges into positive manifestations. I often say, "We have so much more power than we allow ourselves to think. Create the life you want!"
I chose to write in first person using Victoria's words, thoughts, and point of view to tell the tale, inviting the reader to see through her eyes. I was directly inspired by Victoria, summoning her into my dreams and waking life so better to directly inform my writing.