This book was SO GOOD! Woman 99 is a brilliant, gripping story from an incredibly talented writer.
19th century San Francisco. Charlotte’s sister, Phoebe is committed to a local asylum when she tries to interfere in her mother’s matrimonial scheming.
Charlotte hatches an heroic but extremely naive plan to get herself committed under a false name so she can find, and free, her sister.
This is a fascinating and horrific insight into 19th-century asylums for women. Many women were suffering from mental illness, but many simply didn’t fit society’s view of what a woman should be – compliant and calm.
It’s also a brilliantly written story from Greer Macallister, one of my favourite writers. Highly recommend.
I found this one on my library app, I’m loving the Libby app during lockdown when I can’t go to the actual library.