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Woman 99

A Novel

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Published: March 2019
Published: February 2020
SKU: 9781492665335
SKU: 9781492693710

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"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.

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  • Case Count: Hardcover: 16, Paperback: 28
"Macallister sensitively and adroitly portrays mental illness in an era when it was just beginning to be understood, while weaving a riveting tale of loyalty, love, and sacrifice." — Publishers Weekly
"Readers will become engrossed in Charlotte's journey of self-discovery as she fights to free herself and her sister from a rigged system." — Library Journal
"Exploring sisterhood, trauma, and the power of shared experience, Woman 99 is an undercover glimpse inside a late nineteenth-century treatment facility. Macallister fearlessly probes the dark corners of the era, exposing barbaric treatments and backward thinking surrounding mental illness." — Booklist
"This is an insightful look inside a mental institution at a time when women were pretty much powerless. But are these women really ill or are they just rebels? It's a great read and deserves consideration by book clubs." — Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore (Spokane, WA)
"It's impossible not to root for the sisters as they work to combat that mistreatment on behalf of themselves and others. Woman 99 is a fast-paced historical thriller perfect for book club discussions." — Shelf Awareness
"A fascinating, suspenseful story...[The] message rings true today, with a timelessness that adds to the tension as we read." — Washington City Paper
"A riveting successful novel." — Write On Cindy
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