The Mad Girls of New York: A Nellie Bly novel by Maya Rodale
Series: Nellie Bly, book 1
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Genre: Historical Fiction
No. of Pages: 334
Date of Publication: 26 April, 2022
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
While this book is a fictionalized account, it is based on truth. Nellie Bly deliberately got herself admitted to an institution for ten days and wrote about it upon her release. I can’t imagine the desolation and bleakness in such a place, at that point in time. I remember briefly learning about Nellie Bly when I was much younger, but history wasn’t of much interest to me until long after I reached adult status and I honestly don’t recall seeing books on her various exploits until fairly recently (the majority of titles I’ve seen seem to be from 2010 on).
This book’s subject matter infuriated me. Women, throughout history, have been oppressed, abused, and murdered. While things are changing, they are at far too slow a pace to suit my tastes. Nellie Bly must have been furious too, not being able to find a job as a reporter though her experience surpassed the men who got the jobs, being labeled as “hysterical” or “too emotional” if she or her friends got upset, and the treatment of the inmates, ugh, ugh, ugh. The author conveyed a lot of these emotions very, very well and I enjoyed reading more about this historical experience.
Although this engaging novel isn’t branded as such, this is a great 13+/YA option as well.
eARC kindly provided by Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.