- File Size: 1001 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (March 5, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2019
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07F6CCC29
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Woman 99: A Novel Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
When Charlotte Smith’s wealthy parents commit her beloved sister, Phoebe, to the infamous Goldengrove asylum, Charlotte knows there’s more to the story than madness. She risks everything and follows her sister inside, surrendering her real identity as a privileged young lady of San Francisco society to become a nameless inmate—Woman 99.
The longer Charlotte stays, the more she realizes that many of the women at Goldengrove aren’t insane, merely inconvenient—and that her search for the truth threatens to dig up secrets that some very powerful people would do anything to keep hidden.
A historical thriller rich in detail, deception and revelation, Woman 99 honors the fierce women of the past, born into a world that denied them power but underestimated their strength.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A gripping story that exposes the Gilded Age's tarnished veneer, when women who didn't acquiesce to the standards of the day were locked away. Powerful and electrifying, Macallister is at the top of her game." - Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Masterpiece and The Address
"Greer Macallister's characters never fail to leap off the page into your very soul; you can't help loving them, rooting for them, agonizing with them over the choices they must make. Woman Ninety Nine is richly and expertly woven with chilling historical details ? you won't soon forget what it was like to be behind the locked doors of Goldengrove Asylum on a mission to save someone you love." - Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright as Heaven --This text refers to the library edition.
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Goldengrove claims to be progressive in its time, implementing innovative treatments and using the Greek Muses as inspiration for categorizing the women's so-called ailments. The matron sternly asserts that "if God and science allow, you will be cured." As relationships and alliances develop, Charlotte discovers why her fellow inmates have been committed. While realizing not everyone's revelations are completely trustworthy, it becomes apparent that all that may be necessary to declare a woman insane is "the word of a man who stands to benefit and a doctor willing to sell his say-so."
Charlotte soon discovers that first finding Phoebe among the patients will be a challenge, not to mention getting her out. And so, Macallister masterfully spins a complex tale, with Charlotte eventually questioning whether there are some ways in which, in spite of its terrors, the asylum frees women from the demands of society's expectations; or, as the matron puts it " . . . unable to achieve the female ideal." With a bit of romantic intrigue and a lot of historical detail this novel will make for an engaging book club selection, prompting discussion about how far we have come, yet how far we have to go to achieve justice and equality for women and for compassionate mental healthcare.
I so enjoyed the hardcover that I just added the audio narration and can't wait to start it all over again!
It seems that several people were “given” this book to read. I paid for it which makes it even more aggravating to me that I paid for this book that I could only tolerate 100 pages of.
This book is set in the 1800's where women are sent to these insane asylums for anything that man or society feels that a woman is not in their right mind. Charlotte Smith is a young woman who older sister is placed in one these asylums by their mother. Charlotte is set to be married to a man that she doesn't feel a connection for and is set up by her mother and father. So Charlotte decides to go and get her sister and free her. But freeing her sister Charlotte learns things about herself and the way the women are being treated in the asylum. Side Note to think that these things really happened to women in those days is beyond me. The author reference about Nellie Bly a woman who went into asylum undercover in the 1800's. Again highly recommend this book.
Top international reviews
Greer McAllister captures the claustrophobia, the fear, and the humiliation of the inmates, whom staff attempt to reduce to the numbers that are chalked on their backs each morning – numbers they can’t even see themselves. It’s a metaphor for all the ways women have been repressed over the centuries, but also for life in a totalitarian regime. Fortunately, Charlotte is a gritty, feisty heroine, who learns how to thwart the system as she figures out who can be trusted and who definitely can’t. You are with her all the way, and will find the book utterly unputdownable because you have to know what happens next.
This is an extraordinary, haunting novel that will stick in your head long after you turn the final page. I was drawn to it by the subject matter, but will be buying Greer McAllister’s previous novels now because she is clearly a master storyteller with a knack for creating indomitable female characters. It would make a great movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the #MeToo generation.