Woman 99: A Novel (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister earned her MFA in creative writing from American University. Her historical novels, including The Magician’s Lie, Girl in Disguise, Woman 99, and The Arctic Fury, have been named Book of the Month, Indie Next, LibraryReads, Target Book Club, and Amazon Best Book of the Month picks and optioned for film and television. As G. R. Macallister, she is the author of the Five Queendoms series, which Paste Magazine called “the best feminist fantasy series you probably haven’t read yet.” A regular contributor to Writer Unboxed and the Chicago Review of Books, she lives with her family in Boston. 

Praise For…

"WOMAN NINETY NINE is a gorgeous ode to the power of female courage...Greer Macallister pens a nail-biter that makes you want to stand up and cheer." — Kate Quinn, NYT bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK

"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

"Mccallister’s mastery of historical fiction is on full display in WOMAN NINETY NINE. Her incisive voice brings a dark chapter of our past to life with unsettling contemporary resonance." — Julia Whelan, award-winning audiobook narrator and author of MY OXFORD YEAR

"As she did in Girl in Disguise, Macallister honors the brave women of history and spins a fine tale that will sweep readers away to another time. This work of historical fiction is a perfect reminder that women will not be silenced." — Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books (Excelsior, MN)

"A true page-turner from beginning to end with a very satisfying ending." — Carrie Deming, The Dog Eared Book (Palmyra, NY)

"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

"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)

"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

"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

"A riveting successful novel." — Write On Cindy

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492693710
ISBN-10: 1492693715
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English