The Mad Women's Ball

The Mad Women's Ball

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 17/02/2022
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The Salpetriere asylum, 1885. All of Paris is in thrall to Doctor Charcot and his displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad or hysterical, outcasts from society. But the truth is much more complicated - for these women are often simply inconvenient, unwanted wives or strong-willed daughters. Once a year a grand ball is held at the hospital. For the Parisian elite, the Mad Women's Ball is the highlight of the social season; for the women themselves, it is a rare moment of hope. Genevieve is a senior nurse. After the childhood death of her sister, she has shunned religion and placed her faith in Doctor Charcot and his new science. But everything begins to change when she meets Eugenie, the 19-year-old daughter of a bourgeois family. Because Eugenie has a secret, and she needs Genevieve's help. Their fates will collide on the night of the Mad Women's Ball...

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781529176773
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 160g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 22 mm

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The Mad Women's Ball
Good start
The story held my attention the ending was a little disappointing for me. I felt the story stopped too soon
Helen Goldsmith
The Mad Women's Ball
Too many errors.
This is a fairly enjoyable read, if rather light and slight for such serious subject matter. The grim reality of life in an institution in the late 19th ce... READ MORE
Andrew Hammond
The Mad Women's Ball
Good but not great
I liked the idea but parts of the book felt a little repetitive.
Salma ElSayed
The Mad Women's Ball
Such a great plot.. poor delivery
This plot could have been so so much more. A very short book, but much of it was wasted on needless, seemingly endless description of locations, people, ha... READ MORE
Gerri Hunter
The Mad Women's Ball
We’re all mad hete
The Mad Women’s Ball is not my usual type of book but it intrigued me. Whilst the characters are fictional the Salpetriere, the lectures and the Lenton Bal... READ MORE
The Mad Women's Ball
Something to believe in
The Mad Women's Ball focuses on two singular women who find their lives intertwined in an unusual way. Eugenie, a young woman from an upper class family, c... READ MORE
The Mad Women's Ball
Powerful, though-provoking, beautiful!
An exceptionally beautiful and thought-provoking novel based on true historical events, giving voices to those who society would prefer to have forgotten. ... READ MORE
Lily J
The Mad Women's Ball
An atmospheric novel that doesn't fall into the trap of the "Historical Fiction grandiose complex".
‘’They imagine naked women running through the corridors, banging their heads against tilled walls, spreading their legs to welcome their imaginary lover, ... READ MORE
Amalia Gkavea
The Mad Women's Ball
Mas writes a good debut
Featuring the Salpetrière asylum in 1885's Paris this is a fine debut novel by the Sorbonne educated Mas. Fictional tales between women: women caught in me... READ MORE
Michael Rothwell