A Feigned Madness

A Feigned Madness

by Tonya Mitchell
A Feigned Madness

A Feigned Madness

by Tonya Mitchell


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The insane asylum on Blackwell's Island is a human rat trap. It is easy to get in, but once there it is impossible to get out. -Nellie Bly

Elizabeth Cochrane has a secret.

She isn't the madwoman with amnesia the doctors and inmates at Blackwell's Asylum think she is.

In truth, she's working undercover for the New York World. When the managing editor refuses to hire her because she's a woman, Elizabeth strikes a deal: in exchange for a job, she'll impersonate a lunatic to expose a local asylum's abuses.

When she arrives at the asylum, Elizabeth realizes she must make a decision-is she there merely to bear witness, or to intervene on behalf of the abused inmates? Can she interfere without blowing her cover? As the superintendent of the asylum grows increasingly suspicious, Elizabeth knows her scheme-and her dream of becoming a journalist in New York-is in jeopardy.

A Feigned Madness is a meticulously researched, fictionalized account of the woman who would come to be known as daredevil reporter Nellie Bly. At a time of cutthroat journalism, when newspapers battled for readers at any cost, Bly emerged as one of the first to break through the gender barrier-a woman who would, through her daring exploits, forge a trail for women fighting for their place in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947976207
Publisher: Cynren Press
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 398
Sales rank: 321,864
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tonya Mitchell lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and three sons. Her short fiction has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Her debut novel, A Feigned Madness, the story of Nellie Bly's undercover stay inside a women's asylum to report the atrocities within, won the Reader Views Reviewer's Choice Award and the Kops-Fetherling Phoenix Award for Best New Voice in Historical Fiction.
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