Charlotte Smith's future is planned to the last detail, and so was her sister's - until Phoebe became a disruption. When their parents commit Phoebe to a notorious asylum, Charlotte knows there's more to the story than madn ...more
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Perhaps defining "madness" was as elusive in 1888 as it is in today's complicated world that seems to hand you a particular life roadmap from birth and beyond.
Charlotte Smith has been raised within the elite finery of Nob Hill in this affluent section of San Francisco. She and her sister, Phoebe, serve as mere pawns on their mother's gameboard that will assure them fine marriages of convenience. Phoebe has never danced to th ...more
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WOMAN NINETY NINE is a gorgeous ode to the power of female courage. A resourceful Gilded Age heiress feigns madness and inveigles herself into an insane asylum, determined at all costs to rescue her fragile, unjustly committed sister, only to realize the horrors of the madhouse may keep them both prisoner forever. But when alliances are forged among the asylum ...more
San Francisco 1888. Two sisters. Phoebe, fierce, outspoken, manic-depressive. Charlotte, calm, composed, obedient. Neither of them really fits the high society they grow up in. When Charlotte is forced to marry a man she doesn't love, her sister stands up for her. As a result she is put in the woman's asylum of Goldengrove, just outside San Francisco. Charlotte now has only one goal: getting her sister back home.
With a sudden rebel streak she gets he ...more
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Two society daughters - Phoebe who has screaming fits and Charlotte who is to marry a wealthy socialite she doesn’t want to marry.
When Phoebe is put in an institution for her fits, her sister, Charlotte, can't deal with having her sister inside so she makes herself seem mad and gets herself inside the institution too. Charlotte blames herself for Phoebe's placement.
Charlotte finds that the women inside this institution are not treated very well at all, and it is di ...more
Two sisters Phoebe and Charlotte Smith grew up in San Francisco in the 1800's. Both sisters had issues with growing up in their high society. Charlotte is forced to marry a man that she doesn't love and her sister Phoebe stands up for her. In turn, Phoebe is placed in an insane asylum. Charlotte is devastated and her only goal is to get her sister back.
In order to get her sister back, Charlotte gets her self committe ...more
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.
Nicely told and well written story of sisterly love, the injustices of the time and redemption. Some great quotable quotes. "A woman's mind is a powerful weapon. She had better use hers brilliantly". Good book.
Phoebe cannot behave as a young socialite woman should, so one night her parents ship her off to a "genteel" mental asylum catering to both the rich and the destitute. Her younger sister, ...more
3.5ish stars, rounded up. In many ways, Woman 99 is a reminder of how dangerous it could be, historically, to be a woman. As Charlotte discovers when she goes "undercover" at an asylum to rescue her sister, many of the women there are have been sent there as they are "inconvenient" for their family or husbands. Some claim they were sent there for wishing to pursue higher education, some are there because their husb ...more
I have a macabre interest in this period, particularly the exploration of female insanity, and how so-called expert ...more
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Horrified, Charlotte plots her own admission to the asylum, intending to ...more
Phoebe struggled with what we would now know as being bipolar. Rather than let her live at home and possibly disrupt her younger sister's opportunities to wed, her parents ship her off to Goldengrove Asylum. Charlotte can't bear the thought of her sister in that place, so she fakes a suicide attempt in order to be committed there as well. Then Charlotte begins plotting to find a way out of there for the both of the ...more
At the heart of Woman 99 is a heartwarming story about the need to survive against all odds and the powerful bonds of female friendship.
Charlotte and Phoebe are sisters with a deep bond. That’s why Charlotte cannot let it go when her sister is committed for her manic-depressive symptoms. Set in the 1880s being committed to an asylum is even more sinister. B ...more
The real Nelly Bly is mentioned throughout this book, particularly as an inspiration to Charlotte. Bly was famous for her “stunt journalism” which included going undercover as a patient in order to investigate the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island in New York in 1887. Bly’s initial desire was to find out for herself that “the most helpless of God’s creatures” were in fact being properly cared for in facilities of this type. What Bly discovers is that most of the wom ...more
Greer Macallister’s third novel, Woman 99, will take your breath away, break your heart, put it back together again, give you an adrenalin rush and will leave you with a sense of community with all women who have come before.
In Woman 99, we meet Charlotte Smith, a young woman betrothed to a man she doesn’t much like in order to cancel her father’s business debts. It’s the late 1800s in San Francisco, and like ot ...more
I had this on my TBR for awhile, and I honestly didn't know what to expect. Then I picked it up and I COULD NOT SET IT DOWN. This is one of those stories that is so relentlessly unique, intriguing and captivating that you can't help but want to burn through it all in one sitting.
Set in the late 1800's, a young woman decides to get herself admitted into the insane asylum that her parents sent her sister to, in an effort to find her and bring her home. Her plan is obviously not ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.
The premise of this book sounded great, but the execution fell a bit flat for me. Don’t get me wrong: overall it was a good book, and it’s definitely worth a try if you are interested in the subject. However, from the blurb I was expecting it to be more of a historical mystery, while it really wasn’t. There were some mysterious things at the beginning which were unraveled later, but there weren’t shock ...more
This book couldn’t hold my attention at all, not even for a tiny bit of the amount of time that I read it. The pacing was all off going back in time to recent without any transition. And no action happened until well into the book. I prefer books that get into the action within th ...more
The plot was a page turner (rather than the pace, but what can you expect when most of a book takes place between four walls?), and I couldn’t wait to find out more about Charlotte and the unlikely friendships that she ma ...more