The Mad Women's Ball

Author(s): Victoria Mas

History, Philosophy, Religion

'Enter the danse of this little masterpiece and let yourself be dazzled. Assured of hitting the bestseller lists' The Parisian


'Essential reading' Cosmopolitan


'A lovely, moving first novel, a cri de Coeur against the condition of women in this world' Marie France


The Salpatri re 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...

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General Fields

  • : 9780857527035
  • : Transworld Publishers Limited
  • : Doubleday UK
  • : June 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Victoria Mas
  • : Paperback
  • : 843.92
  • : 256