Join us on ZOOM for the Friends of the Library book discussion group on Monday, January 25th! This month's selection is "Woman 99" by Greer Macallister. Copies of the book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last. Instructions for joining the Zoom meeting will be provided when patrons check out a copy of the book or by contacting the library.
"Woman 99 is a gorgeous ode to the power of female courage."―Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
A vivid historical thriller about a young woman whose quest to free her sister from an infamous insane asylum risks her sanity, her safety, and her life.
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 commits herself to the insane asylum, surrendering her real identity as a privileged young lady of San Francisco society to become a nameless inmate, Woman 99.
The longer she stays, the more she realizes that many of the women of Goldengrove Asylum aren't insane, merely inconvenient―and her search for the truth threatens to dig up secrets that some very powerful people would do anything to keep.
Inspired by the investigative journalism of Nellie Bly, and other true accounts of 19th century insane asylums.
Rich in detail, deception, and revelation, Woman 99 is historical fiction that honors the fierce women of the past, born into a world that denied them power but underestimated their strength.