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on September 22, 2018
Throughout history women have been portrayed as weak or too emotional because men fear actually fear losing their power. Therefore, basic human rights for women were often stripped away and many were institutionalized as powerful men feared exposure for their indiscretions. This story is not for the faint of heart. It intertwines the stories of three strong women, two of whom have been thrown into a lunatic asylum against their wills. The narrator is Klara, a Jewish survivor of a pogrom near her home in Kiev. All her family members brutally murdered, and only she and her father manage to escape the horror to board a ship to a new life in America. Unfortunately, her father dies, instilling her with the desire to be the ‘survivor’ of the family. What should have been a happy ending, ends up with Klara being thrown into an asylum for the simple reason she cannot speak English enough to protest that she is not an inebriated prostitute. There she meets the clearly sane Catherine who has been imprisoned because she might expose her rich, married lover. Enduring years of abuse consisting of a dismal diet, hours of forced sitting on hard benches, rape, beatings, and weekly baths in freezing water, the two friends only have each other to cling to. Hope is nearly gone as their physical health deteriorates, and they are both certain death will be their only release from their never-ending misery. When a newcomer by the name of Nellie arrives, she brings a needed breath of fresh air. She is, in reality, the infamous Nellie Bly, who using the evidence she witnesses daily as well as candid conversations she has with her two new friends to bring about a miracle in an institution housing 1600 unfortunate women. This book is marvelously written, researched, and edited. I felt like I was also committed to the dismal asylum with both Klara & Catherine resided and appreciated how the book used flashbacks to flesh out the backstories of the main characters. It is women who rescue women in this novel, and in today’s uncertain world, it becomes even clearer that the more empowered women become, the less horrible events like these can happen. Highly recommended.
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