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  • Published: 31 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780593436752
  • Imprint: Berkley
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $37.00

The Mad Girls of New York

A Nellie Bly Novel



One of Amazon’s Best Books of 2022 So Far!

“Gloriously recommended.” —Historical Novel Society

A gripping and compelling novel based on the true story of fearless reporter Nellie Bly, who will stop at nothing to prove that a woman’s place is on the front page. 

In 1887 New York City, Nellie Bly has ambitions beyond writing for the ladies pages, but all the editors on Newspaper Row think women are too emotional, respectable and delicate to do the job. But then the New York World challenges her to an assignment she'd be mad to accept and mad to refuse: go undercover as a patient at Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum for women. 

For months, rumors have been swirling about deplorable conditions at Blackwell’s but no reporter can get in—that is, until Nellie feigns insanity, gets herself committed and attempts to survive ten days in the madhouse. Once inside, Nellie befriends her fellow patients who help her uncover shocking truths about the asylum. It’s a story that promises to be explosive—but will she get out before rival reporters get the scoop?

From USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale comes a witty, energetic and uplifting novel about a woman who defied convention to become the most famous reporter in Gilded Age New York. Perfect for fans of hidden histories about women who triumph.

  • Published: 31 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9780593436752
  • Imprint: Berkley
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $37.00

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