“Madwoman,” A Conversation with Louisa Treger

    In 1887, trailblazing reporter Nellie Bly came up with a dangerous plan: to fake insanity and have herself committed to the women’s insane asylum on New York’s notorious Blackwell’s Island. But when the asylum doors swing shut, Nellie finds herself in a place of horrors, governed by a cruelty and depravity far worse than she imagined. In “Madwoman,” novelist Louisa Treger presents an intimate portrait of Nellie and the story that caused her to risk everything, including her own sanity, to expose a truth no one wanted to see.

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